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Evaluating
Web Sites


Resource Site Evaluation

 
Curriculum Site Evaluation


Rubrics for Site Evaluation


Curriculum Site Evaluation

Following are two completed rubrics used to evaluate the curriculum web site Windows to the Universe: Kid's Space.

Evaluating Web Sites:
A Rubric for Teachers

Name of Site:  Window's to the Universe...Kid's Space
URL: http://windows.engin.umich.edu/ Date of Review: 6/14/00
Intended Audience:  Students and
                                 Teachers
Recommended Grade Level: K-12
Curricular Topics Supported: All space related topics...
 

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.

 

  1

Text is easy to read.

 

  1

 

Background is not distracting.

 

  1

 

Attractive and creative use of graphics and color.

 

  1

 

CONTENT

Information is accurate.

   

  2

Information is complete.

   

  2

Information can be verified by other sources.

   

  2

Content is meaningful.

   

  2

Site is worth revisiting.

   

  2

CREDIBILITY

Author or hostís credentials are included.

   

  2

Author or hostís email address is included.

 

  1

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.

   

  2

Site would engage learners.

   

  2

Site integrates at least 3 of the multiple intelligences.

   

  2

TOTAL SCORE    32/38

 

  6

  26

COMMENTS: There is an abundance of information available here presented in a variety of interesting and challenging ways but the site is a bit confusing to navigate. Material can be presented on three different levels from beginner to advanced. However, students need to be fairly good readers to work indepedently even when using the "beginner" setting. Younger students will need a lot of guidance to get the most out their time at the site.


DISCUSSION

Format:
The web pages are a bit cluttered and although the links are labeled, it isn't clear exactly where they will take you. Navigation is a bit confusing.

Content: The information provided is current and comprehensive. You can set three different preferences for difficulty levels from beginner to advanced. There are a wide varieity of different activities and projects that would challenge and interest students for many visits.

Crediblity: The site is authored by The Regents of the University of Michigan is cooperation with NASA.

Learning Process: There are learning opportunites for visual, auditory, kinesthetic, linguistic and naturalist learners.


This site was also evaluated by a second grade student from the Springfield Ball Charter School. This student had never evaluated a web site before.

Look What's On The Web!

The name of this site is:
Kid's Space
____________________________________________________

The address or URL of this site is:

_____________________________________________________

 


QUESTIONS

I like the way this site looks.

 

X

 

 

I understand how to get to different parts of this site.

X

 

 

I can find the name of the author of this site.

X

 

 

I can find out how to send a message to the author of this site.

X

 

 

I learned something new by exploring this site.

X

 

 

There is a list of other sites I can visit to get more information.

X

 

 

I would like to visit this site again.

 

X

 

 

This is one thing I learned at this site:
I learned how to use a computer better.
(I helped her to navigate the site, use the "back" button and save her work to a folder on the desktop I had created).
 

The best part of this site is:
You get to make your own notebook.
You can create a notebook at the site to store projects you complete. Then your work can be accessed while online.
 

It was very interesting to watch a student use the rubric for the first time. I realize now that second graders might not be able to include the URL, they will need practice completing the rubric independently, and they may learn something I don't expect!

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