I have amended the lesson materials on website evaluation which I found on the Common Sense Media site by changing the subject to school dinners and by changing the websites to ones which will be more familiar to students in the U.K.

Site Preview

Preview the following sites with students before the homework.

1. Wikipedia: School Meals

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_meal

Students who use Wikipedia should gain some understanding of the process through which Wikipedia entries are composed and revised. The “author” of a Wikipedia entry is not a single individual, but a large community of volunteers who work from their own computers.  Anyone can change an entry at any time, and it may take some time for the community to “catch” an error. Students who use Wikipedia should always fact check their information against a second source. In any case, students should try not to use only an encyclopedia as the source for their research.

2. Channel 4 programme Dispatches: The School Dinner Scandal

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/episode-guide/series-115/episode-2

This site is from the Channel 4 TV Programme Dispatches. Channel 4 is a sound source of information, and Dispatches is a well respected programme. When referring to TV students should cite the name of the programme rather than an author. Channel 4 does carry advertising but it doesn’t influence content.

3. The Children’s Food Trust

http://www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk/

This site is run by The Children’s Food Trust, a registered charity which aims to protect every child’s right to eat healthily.  It was originally founded by the Government (DfES), following Jamie Oliver’s report on the poor nutritional quality of school dinners in his TV programme. Here students can find the new Government standards for food served in school.

4. BBC News Scotland: Regulations on Healthy School Meals Branded Draconian (May 2010)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8686575.stm

The BBC is a sound source of information on any issue. The BBC is free of advertising as it receives its funding from the general public via the licence fee.

BBC News Education and Family: School meal rules should apply to academies – parents (Nov 2012)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20181925

This is a more recent BBC News webpage from November last year. 

5. School Food Matters Charity

http://www.schoolfoodmatters.com/about-us.html

This site is entirely dedicated to the issue of school food and takes a clear position in favour of further and continuing improvement with better quality ingredients and school kitchens, more training and paid hours for catering staff and pleasant school dining rooms.   Students should use other sources with this site to give their work balance.

6. Unison the public service workers union:  Voices From the School Kitchen

http://www.unison.org.uk/file/A8398.pdf

A report from the UNISON survey on the impact of school meal reform on kitchen staff.  This report is entirely concerned with the impact on kitchen staff.  As above, students will need to use other sources with this one to give their research balance.

Attribution

Title:           IDENTIFYING HIGH-QUALITY SITES / STUDENT HANDOUT — TEACHER VERSION

                        DIGITAL LITERACY AND CITIZENSHIP IN A CONNECTED CULTURE © 2012

Author:     Common Sense Media Inc

Source:     www.commonsense.org

Licence:   Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/