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More interesting yet bogus sites.

Victorian Robots

http://www.bigredhair.com/robots/

The dangers of dihydrogen monoxide

http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html



School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> on
Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 8:33 AM -0500 wrote:
>As part of my middle school curriculum, students develop Internet literacy
>and learn how to "read" Websites.  Part of this involves examining sites
>and
>analyzing them for accuracy, validity and intent (of the site).  I'm now
>looking for more sites which may appear legitimate  but are actually (in
>the
>words of the students) "fake."  Students learn how to use Snopes, Museum
>of
>Hoaxes and other sites to verify the information the see, but finding good
>(and appropriate, and virus free) sites to examine is time consuming.
>
>Here are examples which I've already used:
>
>http://www.thedogisland.com/     where dogs can run free as nature
>intended
>
>http://www.bambooturtle.us/NationalCryptozoologic.html     home of the
>Rock
>Nest Monster
>
>http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/    where you'll find the Pacific
>Northwest
>tree octopus
>
>http://home.inreach.com/kumbach/velcro.html     which examines
>California's
>threatened Velcro crop
>
>http://www.buydehydratedwater.com/     because dehydrated water would be
>sooo much more convenient
>
>I also use some sites which appear to be filled with inaccurate or
>fantastic
>content but which are quite legitimate.  Such as http://www.dinofish.com/
> 
> which tracks the rediscovery of coelacanths in the word's seas and
>oceans.
>
>Lastly, we also look at sites which contain more than a grain of truth,
>such
>as http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/sep/25/usa.theobserver      which,
>despite the crazy headline, features accurate information about the use of
>dolphins in the military.  We also look at http://www.athletes.com/      a
>URL that's been around for a long time but which doesn't seem to have a
>clear purpose or good design (at first).
>
>Now I'm looking for more examples, to help assess whether or not students
>are able to determine accuracy and validity of what they read on the Web.
> 
>Suggestions?  
>



Bob Sargent
Technology Coordinator
Waits River Valley School