Sunday, October 14, 2007

World Book Video Contest Helps Students Identify Trustworthy Information Online

With students in many classrooms now tackling their first research projects of the new school year, it's more important than ever that they understand what makes a Web site a reliable source of information. World Book invites students who know how to tell fact from fiction online to enter the World Book Fact or Fiction? Student Video Contest for the chance to win cool electronics for themselves and their school.

The contest is open to students in elementary school, high school, and college. Students are asked to submit a video of two minutes or less that creatively communicates how to tell if a site is reliable, following the ABCs of evaluating Web sites:

Are the authors of the information Accountable and Authoritative?
Do the authors lack Bias?
Is the content Current?

World Book Fact or Fiction? Student Video Contest submissions are being accepted through the end of November at Students then get to vote for their favorite video through January 7th. Winners will be announced in January. The creator of the top vote-getting video will win a MacBook and his or her school will receive a digital video recorder. Creators of the second and third top vote-getting videos in each of three categories (kindergarten through eighth grade, ninth through 12th grades, and post-secondary) will win video iPods.

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