Now that you have an understanding of what to avoid
in web design, fill out one of the website assessment rubrics downloaded
in the previous page of this tutorial and
use it to take a look at these award winning school and classroom websites.
As you are exploring, create bookmarks of resource sites and examples
of design that you want to incorporate into your webpage.
follow these three steps to evaluate other school sites:
1. (optional) You may want
to download and fill out the "Brainstorm
Worksheet" to help you record who their targeted audiences are
and what kind of information they have created for their audiences.
2. There are several questions
you should ask as you view these school sites. Fill out the assessment
rubrics and this list of questions as you critically evaluate these
sites. Download this file and answer the following questions:
What major content areas do they offer?
- What are the targeted audiences for their web site?
- Can you easily tell which of their pages are designed for the different
- Do they include contact information on their home page as well
as on their referring pages?
- Did you find any "orphan" pages?
- Do they use a common design and color theme throughout their site?
- Can you navigate easily from one content area to the next?
- How did this site use good design practices?
- What kind of interaction or feedback do they offer the different
users (quizzes, feedback forms, message boards, etc.)?
- What makes this site rich in content?
3. Next, take a close look
at these school web sites and fill out the evaluation forms as
you critically review their content and design.
Or visit these classroom web sites to view and evaluate their content and design.
- Elementary Classrooms
- Middle School Classrooms
- High School Classrooms