Below are three rubrics designed for different student
age groups that you and your students can use to assess
web sites. You can download and use these rubrics to help you evaluate
the richness of web pages.
These rubrics should not be used every time students are
using Internet resources. Instead, they should only be used as a
tool to teach students what qualifies as rich online resources.
Then as they use Internet resources, they can begin to identify
why some web pages/web sites are better than others.
Follow these steps for completing this activity:
- Download and reproduce one of the following
- Rubric for Primary Grades - Using
25 points, young children can begin learning how to assess
the content of Internet information.
- Rubric for Intermediate Grades
- This 50 point evaluation guide, is a step up from
the primary rubric.
- Rubric for Secondary Grades -
Using 100 points, students can use this evaluation
tool to assess web site content.
- Depending on the age of the students, spend 15-30 minutes
introducing the content of the rubrics and how they should use
this sheet to evaluate and score web site design.
- Next, pre-select at least 2 or maybe 3 web sites that
are appealing to the age of your students. Follow this suggested
- Introduce a web site to your class using a large monitor
display. Because this is an introduction, it is best if the
teacher has control over the navigation of the web site. As
a group look over the web site for about 5-10 minutes. Encourage
student discussion while you browse through the site's content.
- Review the web site elements on the Web Evaluation Rubric
. Spend another 10-15 minutes re-evaluating the content found
on that web site using the rubric.
- As a whole group, fill out the rubric for web site design.
- Now that the entire class has filled out one web design assessment
rubric, they are ready to do another. Depending on the age
of the students in your class, they can evaluate the next web
site as: a whole group, a small collaborative group, or individually.
If this is not done as a whole group, take time for the small
groups or individuals to share their scores with the entire class.
- Have your students repeat this exercise several times during
the school year. Once in a while, include a web site that
has poor design elements to see if your students can identify
what is missing.
- Display a large poster of this rubric in your classroom
for easy reference.
Resource Links Used to Create these Assessment Tools
- Blue Web'n Site Evaluation Rubric
- HyperTerriost Guide to WWW Design
- Style Guide for Online Hypertext
- WDVL: Web Site Design
- Etiquette for Information Providers
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