[Surfnetkids: 13 Apr 2011] Bogus Websites

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#1. April 13, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Argh! Monday the eye doctor ordered me out of my contact lenses for a whole week, so I am struggling to work with my glasses on. I can barely see the computer monitor. Sigh! Anyway, enough about me.

Because this week’s topic (Bogus Websites) is so near and dear to my heart, and is such an important part of Internet literacy, I am offering all my newsletter subscribers (that means YOU!) a downloadable copy of the printable PDF version that is normally ONLY for paid Surfnetkids Printable Club members.

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* in their classrooms
* in the computer labs
* in the library
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In addition to the PDF, I am also offering a $1 thirty-day trial, which you can take advantage of here.

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In addition to the reviews I wrote up, be sure to check out the reader submissions on the topic, which I solicited from our Facebook Fans. If you are on Facebook, why not “Like” Surfnetkids and join the discussion?

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. Bogus Websites

by Barbara J. Feldman

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When evaluating an Internet site, how do you determine if it is credible? How do you differentiate between truth, lies and opinion? And what about satire? Can you always tell when a site is just joking? Although a complete discussion of these important questions goes beyond the space allotted this column, today’s sites are all examples of pranks, fabrication and satire. A few were specifically created as educational tools. Would you have been fooled by any of them?

All About Explorers
“Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about every explorer who ever lived … and more!” Maybe that promise about “every explorer who ever lived” might be a small tip off that this site is not all that it appears to be. Read the explorers’ biographies with a critical eye, and see if anything strikes you as odd. To learn the whole truth, jump on over to the About page. Teachers and parents will find lesson plans, links, and a printable handouts. I like the first lesson: Just Because It’s Out There Doesn’t Mean It’s Good.

Next up is a dangerous chemical compound. “Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters.” Have you taken high school chemistry? Can you figure out the DHMO secret? For the rest of the story, read the Press Kit. You’ll find the username and password on the front page of the site.

Petite Lap Giraffe
They are so cute! Tiny little giraffes that can sit on your lap and fit in your hand. And you can buy them directly from the only farm that breeds them, the “world wide famous” Sokoblovsky Farms in Russia. On their front page there is a live web cam of the Bull Vladimir walking around the barn. Hmmm, I wonder what time it is in Russia right now? Is that daylight coming in the barn door? To figure out the real story, watch the two DirectTV commercials on the Photos page. What do you think now?

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Attack on Fort Sumter

Apr 12, 1861

Alfred Butts’ (Inventor of Scrabble) Birthday
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Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday
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Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday
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Titanic Disaster
Apr 15, 1912

National Park Week
Apr 16-24, 2011

Pet Owners Day
Apr 18, 2011

Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride
Apr 18, 1775

San Francisco Earthquake
Apr 18, 1906

Revolutionary War Begins with
Shot Heard ‘Round the World

Apr 19, 1775

#6. Quote of the Week

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ~~ Thomas A. Edison ~~ (1847 – 1931) American inventor. Click here for more Thomas A. Edison quotes.

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