The FART Test and website evaluation

Kids with Education Tablet ComputersDoes this website smell funny to you?

Website evaluation can be a new concept for elementary and early middle school students. As they move into eighth grade, the CRAAP Test (pdf) works well for them. Younger students, however, need something simpler. According to Amy Gillespie, “Almost all of my students arrive at my school with one simple rule for choosing online sources: Don’t use Wikipedia. But beyond that, they tend to assume that if it’s online, it must be true. So in the middle school information skills class, we now teach the FART Test.”

The FART Test Evaluation tool for websites:

Friendly
Authority
Repeated
Timely

For specific details on the FART Test evaluation, click here.

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