Weather Makers - Can you trust the Internet?

Weather Makers - Can you trust the Internet?

Lesson 5 of 15 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Technology
  • Information and Communication Technologies
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Lesson summary

Students look at information reliability on the Internet. They begin by assessing the motivations and opinions of a range of websites that appear in response to a general search term, and then they research and categorise website extensions according to reliability. They are then asked to compare information found in books to internet-based information. Finally, they create a checklist for website validity.

These activities “… are an invaluable tool for teachers to address climate change in an educationally relevant, scientifically sound, and action-­based way.” – Tim Flannery (Read more)

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the variety of website extensions and are able to evaluate websites according to self generated criteria
  • be capable of critical analysis of web-based information.

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 & 8 Digital Technologies:

  • Acquire data from a range of sources and evaluate authenticity, accuracy and timeliness (ACTDIP025)

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, ICT capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.5.

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity and facilitate discussion

Resources required

  • Internet searching and analysis
  • Digital sharing capabilities
  • Key reading from We Are the Weather Makers: Chapter 14 – Extreme Weather

Additional info

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge:

  • Tim Flannery
  • David Harding, Rose Iser, Sally Stevens
  • Text Publishing and Purves Environmental Fund
  • Climate Council
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