Here are some internet resources that I have found informative as I've gone a-searching for ideas...
- Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators has an excellent annotated list of resources. Tons of useful things here for all different levels of students and abilities.
- This Open Directory collection of links is about critical thinking in general, but there are some useful resources.
- Here's a high school library's collection of "Online Activities Promoting Information Literacy".
- And here's an old but good webquest about evaluating websites.
Projects I would like to do, but probably won't have time to, include a serious exploration of Wikipedia that would have them look not just at particular entries, but also at the official policies, articles with most revisions, recent changes, vandalism, and the discussion and history pages for specific entries. As Andy Carvin has said:
While I understand educators' concerns about directing kids towards "reliable" reference sources, the more I think about it, the more I think Wikipedia's flaws actually make it an ideal learning tool for students. That may sound counterintuitive, of course - how can you recommend a tool that you know may not be accurate? Well, that's precisely the point: when you go to Wikipedia, some entries are better referenced than others. That's just a basic fact. Some entries will have a scrupulous list of sources cited and a detailed talk page on which Wikipedians debate the accuracy of information presented in order to improve it. Others, though, will have no sources cited and no active talk pages. To me, this presents teachers with an excellent authentic learning activity in which students can demonstrate their skills as scholars.Another project I've thought of doing with my AP Language & Comp. class, which is focused on rhetoric, is to look at a particular news report that was noted by both the liberal Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting and the conservative Accuracy in Media and see what similarities and differences were found in the groups' approaches to the material and to their audiences. It could lead to an interesting discussion of "bias" and "objectivity".