Groups and Activities

(link to activities) {links to groups: 1 2 3 4 5}

Group 1

  1. http://www.allaboutexplorers.com
  2. http://www.susangaer.com/mlk
  3. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/nfhtml
  4. http://www.educationcoffeehouse.com/voc/automotive.htm
  5. http://www.monkeysee.com

Group 2

  1. http://www.dhmo.org
  2. http://www.bestbuddies.org
  3. http://homepage.smc.edu/reading_lab/words_commonly_confused.htm
  4. http://www.testprepreview.com/ged_practice.htm
  5. http://aliscot.com/bigdog/

Group 3

  1. http://www.improbable.com/airchives/classical/cat/cat.html
  2. http://www.starfall.com
  3. http://www.gedprepinfo.com
  4. http://www.mathplayground.com
  5. http://www.cacareerzone.org

Group 4

  1. http://www.bigredhair.com/robots/index.html
  2. http://50states.com
  3. http://www.360financialliteracy.org/Life+Stages
  4. http://a4esl.org
  5. http://www.meddybemps.com

Group 5

  1. http://www.thedogisland.com
  2. http://aplusmath.com
  3. http://freerice.com/
  4. http://www.tekmom.com/buzzwords
  5. http://family.go.com


Activity #1: Analyze the Web address

You’ll be divided in groups of 3-5 and given a list of Web sites. Look at the Web address and discuss the following.
    1. What is the domain name?
    2. Do you have to truncate/shorten the address to get to the domain name?
    3. What is the extension in the domain name?
    4. Based on the address only, do you think this Web site is a reliable and/or relevant resource for teachers and learners in adult education?
    5. Share what you discussed with another small group or the whole group.

Activity #2: Examine the site’s content

You’ll work in the same group and use the same list of Web sites you were given in activity #1. This time, you’ll go online and visit the Web sites. Discuss the following.

    1. Is the information on the website useful for your topic/or any other adult education topic?
    2. Are additional resources and links provided? Do the links work?
    3. Is the site current? Do you know when it was last updated?
    4. Do you think the information is accurate?
    5. Does the information contradict information you have found elsewhere?
    6. Share what you discussed with another small group or the whole group.

Activity #3: Ask about the Author/Publisher

You’ll work in the same group and use the same list of Web sites you were given in activity #1. You will need to visit the Web sites again. Discuss the following.

    1. Is the author listed anywhere on the Web site?
    2. Are there About Us and/or Contact Us pages?
    3. Is there a link to the sponsoring/larger institution that may be behind this Web site?
    4. Go to www.easywhois.com and look up the registered owner of the Web site.
    5. Share what you learned with another small group or the whole group.

Activity #4: Look at the Links

You’ll work in the same group and use the same list of Web sites you were given in activity #1. You will need to visit the Web sites again. Discuss the following.

    1. Look at the forward links
      • What are the URLs for the forward links?
      • Do the domain names change?
      • Do the linked Web sites seem reliable at first glance? Is the information biased?
    2. Look up the external links
      • Go to AltaVista or Google and type in link: and add the URL of the Web site (no space before or after the colon)
      • Who is linked to this site?
      • What do they say about this site?
    3. Share what you learned with another small group or the whole group.