Secondary ICT Web Literacy

This Teachers TV video focuses on Web literacy in secondary schools.

ICT Web literacy video

ICT Web literacy video

The program synopsis says:

“This programme reveals the critical importance for teachers to provide guidance to their pupils when using the Internet for research.

A group of Year 9 pupils at Wortley High School in Leeds are asked to look at three websites. The subject matters are Martin Luther King, the holocaust and Victorian robots.

None of the websites are what they seem. The first two are fronts for racists and holocaust deniers. The last is a good-natured spoof. None of the pupils spot any problems with the validity, reliability or authority of the sites and many say they would cut and paste information from the sites for use in homework or other projects.

ICT expert James Green leads a lesson that reveals the truth to the pupils, passing on valuable tips on website cross-checking and validity.”

Comments left by Teachers TV subscribers are extremely positive about the usefulness of this video. It may well give you inspiration for ways of teaching Internet literacy in 2009.