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Education ECCE: Online Resources

Evaluating Information

These tips will help you evaluate the quality, accuracy and reliability of information you find on the Web.

Authority

  • Who wrote the page - where is the information coming from?
  • Is the author qualified to speak on the topic?
  • Is the site reputable?

Accuracy

  • Is the information Correct?
  • Can you verify the information from another source?
  • Are there references available to back up the author's claims?

Objectivity

  • Is the purpose of the website to inform you?
  • Is it promoting or selling something?
  • Is it biased?

Currency

  • When was the site last updated?
  • How current are the links – have some expired or moved?

‚ÄčCoverage

  • What topics are covered on the site?
  • Is the information on the site well presented?
  • Is special software required to view the page or is it fee based?

Useful Websites

Early Childhood Ireland

Early Childhood Ireland is the largest organisation in the early years sector, who support children and their families through preschool, afterschool, and full day-care provision nationwide.

TeachNet

TeachNet Ireland’s goal is to encourage Irish teachers at both primary and second levels to develop and publish quality indigenous curriculum content on the World Wide Web, by providing a supportive network and teacher professional development opportunities. Established in 2001 and hosted by St. Patrick’s DCU, Drumcondra, the TeachNet portal boasts over 300 teacher generated projects. In addition, TeachNet  hosts a regularly updated Learning Blog and offers a series of ever evolving online and blended digital learning related, professional development courses.

CARE - European Early Childhood Education and Care

CARE is a collaborative project funded by the European Union to address issues related to the quality, inclusiveness, and individual, social, and economic benefits of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Europe.

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs‘ mission is to lead the effort to improve the outcomes for children and young people in Ireland.

Tusla - Child and Family Agency

The Child and Family Agency is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland.

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