I’ve taught online for over 7 years. During that time I’ve collected many resources and have saved them onto a doc. I do it like that because I don’t want all of my information always on the school sites and need access to it when I’m not at school. Only recently could I easily access my home I’ve copied many of them into my school google bookmarks depending on what I am teaching at the time. I’ve linked it here. Now that it’s been pointed out to me in this class I will start moving it over to my own google bookmarks page.
I’m always looking for new websites for me to get information from and to share with my students. In my class this past year we were actually using the EPA Climate Change page when it was taken down. This gave us a great opportunity to talk about how information is publicly available and the role of different institutions in disseminating that information.
At the start of the year I show the students how to search for specific information on the internet. I have my students look at any internet site and go through the checklist provided by the University of Maryland, my undergraduate school, when they look at websites or we look at them together. We always discuss bias because it can change how information is presented. Many of the topics covered in Environmental Science are thought by many to be ideas and not grounded in science. In order to help determine what is science and what is not it was very important to teach digital literacy. At the end of the year I actually heard students discussing a topic that wasn’t about anything we had covered in a rational manner talking about bias, author background, reliability and accuracy of facts. It made my year.