"But it's on the Internet!" - Evaluating Websites and Online Information
By EHS Library Director Ann Chase
In the spring, almost every student at Eagle Hill does a research project. I was looking over the shoulder of one young student who was working on hers and asked if she needed any help. "No," she said confidently, "I have to find out what koala bears eat, and I found out they eat cherries and salmon."
"Are you sure?" I asked. "I think they only eat eucalyptus. Would you show me where you found that information?" She pulled up the page and pointed to a popular gaming site. I reinforced our previous discussions about reliable sources, but she remained convinced that the information she had found was correct. "But it's on the internet!" she said. "Isn't everything online true?"
NANCY P. LYNCH LIBRARY & MEDIA CENTER
According to the American Library Association, "more than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement. School library programs foster critical thinking, providing students with the skills they need to analyze, form, and communicate ideas in compelling ways."
At Eagle Hill School, Librarian Ann Chase has created an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and exploration. Couches are intermingled with chairs and tables. The librarian collaborates closely with teachers to help our students:
- become information literate
- to locate, evaluate and use information to fill assignments
- to solve problems, and to satisfy their curiosity
- to find books they like to read (many of our students come to us convinced that they can't –or don't like to–read, so we gently challenge those ideas and encourage them to try new things)
- to become ethical, lifelong learners who are curious, open-minded and respectful of the choices of others by choosing books that reflect a diversity of cultures, races, classes, backgrounds and interests.
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EAGLE HILL AT-A-GLANCE
- Ages of students: 5-15
- Total enrollment: 260
- Head of School: Jim Heus
- Number of teaching faculty: 75
- Student to teacher ratio: average of 4:1
- Founded in 1975
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