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Evaluating Information: Digital Citizenship

Evaluating Information is an online toolkit for students and instructors promoting the key information skills for democratic citizenship. The guide features videos, articles, handouts and other resources.

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Inclusive, Informed and Engaged

A digital citizen is a person who has the knowledge and skill to effectively use technology to communicate with others, participate in society, and create and consume digital content.

  • Inclusive: engage with others online with respect and empathy
  • Informed: evaluate the accuracy, perspective, and validity of information online
  • Engaged: use technology for civic engagement and as a force for community good

from: ISTE Digital Citizenship in Education

Why Evaluate Information Resources?

We live in a world replete with information on every conceivable topic and subject. According to multiple data analytic companies, including IBM and DOMO, we generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. However, with the openness and freedom of the web comes inconsistent levels of quality (accuracy, reliability). Anyone anywhere can post anything without fact-checking, and where opinion becomes fact. It becomes almost impossible to quickly determine what is truth and what is an "alternate fact."

Quantity and quality make it critical to sort through and carefully verify sources to ensure you are presenting information in papers, reports, and projects that is unbiased and credible. You want to be viewed as an expert and knowledgeable on the subject rather than being lead by hype and persuasion.


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