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Evaluating
Web Sites


Resource Site Evaluation

 
Curriculum Site Evaluation


Rubrics for Site Evaluation


Resource Site Evaluation
 

This is an example of a completed rubric. Following is a discussion of the web site and a final recommendation. It is important to consider the audience of the site while evaluating. This site is intended to serve as a resource for teachers.

Evaluating Web Sites:

A Rubric for Teachers

Name of Site:  Blue Web'N: A Library of Blue Ribbon Learning Sites on the Web
URL: Date of Review: 6/14/00
Intended Audience: Teachers Recommended Grade Level: ALL
Curricular Topics Supported:  All
 

POOR=
0 Points

GOOD=
1 Point

EXCELLENT=
2 Points

FORMAT

The layout is user-friendly and easy to navigate

 

  1

 

Links are clearly labeled.

   

  2

Graphics load quickly.

   

  2

Text is easy to read.

   

  2

Background is not distracting.

   

  2

Attractive and creative use of graphics and color.

   

  2

CONTENT

Information is accurate.

   

  2

Information is complete.

   

  2

Information can be verified by other sources.

  NA

  NA

  NA

Content is meaningful.

   

  2

Site is worth revisiting.

   

  2

CREDIBILITY

Author or hostís credentials are included.

   

  2

Author or hostís email address is included.

   

  2

Site has been updated recently.

   

  2

Links provided support authorís message.

   

  2

Sources of information (links) are included

   

  2

LEARNING PROCESS

Site challenges learners to think and reflect.

  NA

  NA

  NA

Site would engage learners.

 NA

  NA

  NA

Site integrates at least 3 of the multiple intelligences.

  NA

NA

NA

TOTAL SCORE            28/30

 

  1

  28

COMMENTS:  This site's database recommends worthwhile and engaging online learning actitivies. It is also easy to use.
 
DISCUSSION

Format: 
As indicated by the checklist, the format of this site is excellent. There are minimal distractions and  navigation is a breeze.

Content:  The scope of the information provided is wonderful. All sites recommended are well described and rated using a 5 star system. The curricular links I explored offer a variety of online student activities that looked fun, interesting and worthwhile.

Credibility:  This site is sponsored by Pacific Bell and is part of their educational initiative created to support schools, colleges and libraries  in their quest to meaningfully integrate Internet resources. Because the site does NOT appear to be an advertisement is disguise, it seems credible.

The home page of Knowledge Network Explorer had additional resources like a Web Quest directory and Filamentality (a fill in the blank interactive web site that helps you turn web resources into learning activities).

Learning Process: These items were skipped because the site isn't intended for student use. However, the links suggested by the Blue Web'N database were rich in educational value. Learners would be engaged, challenged to think and learn, and several of the multiple intelligences would be integrated.

Scoring:  This site earned a score of 29 out of 30. I ammended the maximum score possible to consider that some of the items were not applicable. I would give this site a big thumbs up!
 
         
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