There are countless digital resources available on the web. As educators, It is very important to set a good example for students to take precautions during internet searches. Libraries from UCLA, New Mexico University, Duke University, and Boston College provide very helpful guidelines for evaluating web pages. Another way to safely search the web is to search sites with domain suffixes such as .edu, .org, .gov, or .mil. Some of the websites that can help users safe-guard their searches are:
American Speech – Language – Hearing Association http://www.asha.org/sitehelp/websites.htm
ASHA contains resources that help users to evaluate websites based on criteria such as accuracy, authority, objectivity, currency, and coverage.
WEB OF TRUST https://www.mywot.com/
WOT lets users “know which websites to trust”, just like its slogan says. WOT is free and user friendly. It not only protects users from scams, untrustworthy links, and rogue web stores, but also has reputation ratings to guide users in their searches.
StopBadware is the only non-profit anti-malware organization and has been a leader in the fields of security and internet policy. It currently offers programs and resources to assist website owners, foster industry collaboration, promote the best practices, advocate for a safer web, and facilitate data sharing.
The three most useful tools/resources I found during my web walkabout are as follows:
1. Glogster EDU http://edu.glogster.com/?ref=com
Through their Google log in, users can create sharable multimedia posters. Because the posters can be made interactive with audio and video inserts, they are great for engaging learners.
2. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics http://www.nctm.org/
For math teachers, NCTM is definitely a must-bookmark site. This ever resourceful website includes Standards & Focal Points; Conferences; DP; Journals & Books; Lessons & Resources; Research, News & Advocacy; etc.
3. NCTM ILLUMINATIONS http://illuminations.nctm.org/Default.aspx
This website has an array of math lessons, interactives, and standards ranging from pre-k to grade 12. It is a great resource for differentiating teaching and hands-on activities.