School Voices of the Web: An Evaluation Methodology

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VOICES is an evaluation methodology for school-produced Web sites. The key, equallyweighted criteria are:

Vision: How well is the fundamental purpose or purposes of the Web site articulated and implemented?

Originality: How original are the technical tool kit and technical design elements? How original is the content? How different is this Web site in terms of partnerships, collaboration, and interactive elements?

Integrity: How fully integrated are the design, content, technical, and vision components? How well does the site as a whole serve to advance a unified vision or create a new learning community or experience?

Community: How effective is the site in facilitating new communication, encouraging new collaborations, and building connections, internally, externally, or in combination?

Empowerment: How active is the involvement of students, teachers, and parents in the design, content development, production, and sustenance of the site?

Structure. How easy is it to navigate between pages and main components? How well is the code written? How well is the content organized? How well does the site serve audiences with diverse access capabilities and requirements?

School Web sites highlighted in this column do not necessarily excel in any single component. Those that are selected provide the most powerful VOICE-that magical combination of features that demonstrates effective and innovative uses of the technology for teaching and learning. As we learn more about successful educational "Web-weaving," these criteria may change. Please send your suggestions and comments to Kathy Rutkowski.

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