Resource Site Evaluation
section of the handbook is intended to be an example of website evaluation
outlined in the previous section Evaluating Websites.
At first glance, The
Children's Literature Web Guide looks like an amazing resource.
evaluation is to see how well the site "stands up" to R.
Harris's CARS Evaluation.
The Children's Literature
Web Guide can be a great resource for many grade levels. Its author
has gathered many literature Internet resources, such as author websites,
teacher ideas, and award lists.
A few of the endless possible
Create an author cyber
Students research an author.
Look for an author when
reading a book.
Discuss the awards lists:
How do they compare with each other? Do the students agree?
See the WebQuest suggestion
for making Author
Cards (i.e. similar to Baseball Cards).
The author is listed complete with address,
phone and email.
The author, David K. Brown, is the Director
of the Doucette Resource Center at the University of Calgary.
In his introduction,
the author explains that when he learns of a new site, through searches
or other notification, he looks at the site thoroughly before posting it
with a short description.
He also points out that he is not responsible
for the awards.
The site was most recently updated in April,
2001. According to the "What's
New?" page, the site had not been updated in almost a year.
The author realized that the world is turning
more and more to the Internet, but it is his hope that children and young
adults will be "tempted away from the Internet, and back to the books themselves".
The author seems objective in his reviews.
Although the author does not seem to cite other
sources, he does provide links to websites that have similar information.
|The following was also considered
during the evaluation.
The site is attractively simple. Not many
pictures clutter the pages. Logos are well done.
The colors are nice.
The pages are very easy to maneuver.
The links appear to work.
The pages load very quickly.
having looked at the site more carefully, it is still impressive.
It should be a great resource for the reading classroom as it provides
many author links. The main concern is with the update date.
Some of the book award lists have not been updated in several years.
One may also wonder, how many authors are also missing from the site?
Suggestion: Don't rely on this as the only resource.
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