In reading this piece from a Princeton web site which shows the pros and cons of the Internet when it comes to discerning credible information as opposed to non-credible information, this point jumped out at me, “This means that users always have to question the reliability of the available information. If students are not aware and conscious of this problem, they may use and learn wrong facts about anything from historical information to scientific data.”
They also point out, “If teachers are prepared to teach students to be critical in their perception of material derived from the network than this characteristic of the Web may not be such a problem, and it may even turn into a plus by enhancing their research skills. Teaching children to be critical of information presented to them, to check sources, and to try to derive information from various sources teaches them that a search for information entails more than just finding a source.”
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