Understanding reliability: part two

WALT: understand what reliability is

This lesson follows on from the previous episode. After being introduced to the topic of reliability, watching a video and discussing key ideas, students are now using this to determine whether a site is reliable or not. The purpose of this lesson is to get students to see what makes a site reliable.

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Lesson reflection:

My students really enjoyed this task.

WALT and SC: students were usually able to identify whether a site was reliable or not. It was interesting to see that students thought a site looked 'official' if it was a colourful. tidy site. This was a great talking point, as we discussed that some sites may look like they are reliable, however site creators can use photoshop and use pretend links to trick their viewers. Students were able to explain why they thought a site was or was not reliable.

After noticing that some websites tricked students into thinking that a site was reliable, our next lesson will involve students creating their own 'fake website'. Students will be writing unreliable facts, however the challenge will be to make the site appear reliable to others.

Cybersmart: Smart Searching and Reliability

Additional resource

I created a Mentimeter, using the blank, quiz and open-ended slides. Below are the downloaded results from the Mentimeter. Some of the open-ended questions are not answered as we discussed them as a group instead of sharing their ideas on Mentimeter

Menti: Is this site reliable?

Learner generated content

Chelsea Donaldson


Glen Innes School

Auckland, New Zealand


Manaiakalani Research

Manaiakalani Education Trust

PO Box 18 061, Glen Innes

Auckland, New Zealand