For this assignment I chose to look up
sites that might be used to supplement my group assignment, which is focussed on
Global Warming and linked to the Nova Scotia Global Geography 12 curriculum.
The sites I chose are all information
sites that could be used as research zones for the students participating in our
Web Quest. These are not sites that are “academic” in nature, and will be
evaluated based on their validity, integrity, and value as a research resource
for students, considering learning theory and application of multimedia.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Global Warming Frequently Asked
This site provides a quick reference resource for a variety of questions that
will lead a new researcher to answers to questions that will help build an
elemental understanding of the topic.
The site is produced and published by the US Department of Commerce, and so can
be assumed that the sources and information are well-researched and valid. The
Department will be accountable to abiding to copyright and plagiarism laws, and
is held, presumably, to a standard of providing valid, up-to-date and valuable
The site does not address the issue of learning theory and multimedia very well.
Although the links from the site are all to valuable and credible links, nearly
the entire site and links are text-based. Based on the quick-reference to
valuable and credible information, this site makes #5 on my Top 5
EPA Climate Change
This site is either directly or indirectly the resource for everything
tat is climate change. It is a Government-produced, funded, and researched site,
so will be a reputable source for information and data (though potentially
biased, so students should be cautioned of propagandistic materials).
The site is very “academic” in nature and may not be accessible to all learners.
It is also overwhelming in some instances, with a fair amount of prior knowledge
necessary in order to navigate the site to find the information needed. It is
also quite text-based, which may be difficult for some learners to access.
Because of it is valuable as a reputable resource but may be overwhelming and
potentially boring, it is #4 of my Top 5.
EPA Climate Change Kids’ Site
“Kids’ Site” is another valuable reference area. It provides clear and credible
information to discover the elemental issues surrounding climate change and
As a product of the EPA, this site, once again, should be bound to the highest
of standards concerning referencing and credibility. Contributors to the site
will have researched on behalf of the US Government as part of the most active
and influential research in the country.
This site has an interactive element which begins to address multimedia
elements. Flash animations and games, including quizzes and crosswords, provide
a valuable resource for teachers, as some elements of constructivism and
multiple intelligence theory is addressed.
This site is fairly rich in resources and multimedia, but its interface is a bit
elementary, which may not appeal to all high school students. For this reason it
is #3 of my Top 5.
An Inconvenient Truth
Based on the documentary, this site provides easy to follow lessons that are
intended for teachers, but can easily allow students to self-instruct through
the units. The “teachers” lessons are designed with learning theories in mind,
with activities that require students to internalise the information.
Constructivism and cognitivism are well-addressed in the lesson designs in the
site. As well, there are many multimedia components to the site, with such
things as movie clips, links to all sorts of media files, and invitation for
students to post their thoughts, links, and BLOGS.
The information presented in the site is formulated to inspire change in people,
and therefore the issue of propaganda should be addressed in this site as well
as the EPA site. Much of the information in this site is shared from the EPA
The site is very attractive in design and imaged and media is in relatively high
definition. It is very easy to navigate and applies principles of learning
theory and multimedia instruction. It is interactive and interesting, as well as
high profile, so must maintain a reasonable degree of academic integrity. This
site is a very close #2 on my Top 5.
Live Science – All About Global Warming
Live Science has prepared a very user-friendly site that moves from the most
elemental aspects of global warming up to high-end science that allows for
exploration by people of all academic levels. The site has interactive and
multimedia components and is littered with links to other sites and pages where
text, movies, sound clips and other media are found.
The Live Science site is well-organised and refers to a variety of reputable
sources. Media is all licensed and cited, and information is current. The
information is as succinct or as broad as you want to explore. The site also
covers a broad range of related topics with very visual and interactive
The Live Science site is very engaging and interesting. Links are graphic and
visual, language is accessible, and the site is very interactive. Live Science
“All About Global Warming” was the best site I found to explore the topic of