VOYA - Colleen HarrisIf every student, teacher, and parent were required to complete this workbook when first learning how to use the Internet, media specialists would have their work explaining the Internet cut in half. Jones assumes that the new Internet user needs to know all the basics, and presents "Internet 101" in the most logical presentation ever seen. The book begins by explaining the course objectives and then gives an introduction to symbols and Netscape. The student is then asked to think about information-what information is, what it means to the reader, and the difference between information and knowledge. This is the first critical thinking skill presented. The book goes on to take the information gained by searches and then say "so what?" What good is this information to the user? The reader is given ways not only to test the competency of using the Net, but also to reflect on the application of the critical thinking skills. As each lesson is presented, the user is asked to locate certain sites and evaluate the validity and usefulness of the information. The topics for the chapters are not just for school-related subjects but are very broadly arranged into concepts that affect the entire life of the user. Students are asked to think about the world around them, how big the Net is, and who is providing information. One chapter covers how to evaluate resources, and another to evaluate what they are saying. (This is a workbook, so space is provided for students to write in their answers, but this does not detract from the usefulness of the book.) An interesting introductory page to that chapter has quotes from leaders in the electronics field in the 1930s through the '70s stating as fact things that are now entirely untrue. Other pieces of valuable information include how to site Web information in a bibliography, how to hook up to the Internet, the "Ten Commandments for Computer Ethics," and creating one's own Web page in HTML. The graphics used throughout the text will grab the student's interest and really help to break the information down to its most basic element. The age-old problem for the media specialist is getting students to use the book; it should be required in the classroom and available in the media center for self-motivated students. Every public librarian should use it so they can better evaluate sites and information they pass on to their patrons. The glossary and Web addresses alone are worth the shelf space and a place on the reference desk. Glossary. Illus. Biblio. Source Notes.
Library Journal - Library JournalThis workbook by an Internet librarian seeks to provide instruction and practice in developing skills to locate a variety of information resources on the Internet, apply critical evaluation to select relevant, good-quality data, and identify bias and personal opinion in full-text online material. The eight lessons encompass a basic orientation to the World Wide Web and Netscape, basic search techniques, WWW search engines, Internet sources for news, government data, and educational resources, E-mail resources including listservs and Usenet newsgroups, computer-use ethics, copyright issues, and guidance in citing digitalized information in footnotes and term-paper bibliographies. Basic definitions provided in the text are duplicated in the glossary. Online practice exercises accompany each lesson. New instructors may benefit from the book as a planning guide. Since most of the content is readily available on the Internet, however, more savvy teachers may prefer to virtually point their students to specific URLs and spare their students the cost of this workbook.Betty J. Glass, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
BooknewsA guide providing basic critical thinking tools to help readers through the high-school level discern the utility and credibility of information obtained through the Internet. Topics include searching for reputable sources, identifying bias, checking information for accuracy and timeliness, learning Netiquette, and using online newsgroups. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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