Howard Rheingold is another guy who has done a lot of writings on Information Crap. I have already reviewed his awesome book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online in an article posted last year. Today I am sharirng with you some of the great resources I learned from Howard himself about how to detect crap information and the literacies we need to develop and teach to our students to make them better internet users. Check out the links below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy
1- Crap Detection 101
This is a must read article of Howard in which he talked about several techniques to sift the good information from the bad. Here is an excerpt from it :
The first thing we all need to know about information online is how to detect crap, a technical term I use for information tainted by ignorance, inept communication, or deliberate deception. Learning to be a critical consumer of Webinfo is not rocket science. It’s not even algebra. Becoming acquainted with the fundamentals of web credibility testing is easier than learning the multiplication tables. The hard part, as always, is the exercise of flabby think-for-yourself muscles.
2- Internet Detective
This is another great resource full of lessons, tutorials on how to teach your students to be good consumers of online information.
3- Best Practices for Social Media Verification
In this post, Craig Silverman goes through the challenges social media present us with when it comes to digital information and knowledge-building. A great read.
4- Crap Test
The CRAP test is a way to evaluate a source based on the following criteria: Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose/Point of View. Below are some questions to help you think about how to measure each of the criteria.
Watch this great video to learn more from Howard's techniques in detecting information crap