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Student Webpage Evaluation Form

Special thanks and credit to Cyberbee for the use of their model.

The Cyberbee tool has been adapted by Kristen A. Albert
for use in EDUC 632.


 

Title: The New York Philharmonic Kidzone!

Subject: Music: symphonic instruments, composers, performers, etc.

URL: http://www.nyphilkids.org/main.phtml?

Grade level: elementary

Objective for the use of this site: To learn about the different instruments in a symphony orchestra, as well as to learn about different composers, performers, etc.

Evaluation summary:

This is a great site! There is a wealth of information for the students to learn from, and it provides lots of exploration and interaction for the students. The information and sound/graphic examples would also be beneficial to use in the classroom!

 

EVALUATIVE CRITERIA

1. Speed

Score on a scale of 1 to 5

Support for score

  • The home page downloads efficiently enough to use during whole class instruction.
5

I visited this site many times, and I never had an issue with quickly downloading the home page.

  • The home page downloads efficiently enough to keep students on task during independent/small group study.
 5  I never had an issue downloading the home page, and it is always easy to access the home page from another page.

 

2.  First Impression/General Appearance

 
  • The homepage is designed attractively and will entice my students to further exploration.
 5  The graphics in this site are awesome, and they will definitely motivate students to explore further into the website.
  • The homepage is designed clearly enough to be successfully manipulated by my intended users.
 5  The homepage is very easy to use and each link to another page is clearly marked.

 

3.  Ease of Site Navigation

 
  • My students will be able to move from page to page, link to link, item to item with ease, without getting lost or confused.
 5 The links always remain on the side of the page, so the student can get to any page they want from wherever they are.
  • All links are clearly labeled and serve an easily identified purpose.
5    Each link is labeled according to the purpose of the page it is linking. It is clear, but also enticing the students to find out more.
  • Links provided to other pages and sites operate efficiently enough to keep my students on task.
 5  The links to other pages continue to keep the student on task. I did not come across any links to other websites within this site.

 

4.  Use of Graphics/Sounds/Videos

 
  • The graphics/sounds/videos are clearly labeled and clearly identified.
 5  The graphics are labeled whenever the cursor is dragged over the graphic. The sounds occur within the instrument which is chosen.
  • The graphics/sounds/videos serve a clear purpose appropriate for my intended audience.
 5 The sounds and graphics used are either to provide labeling for the person exploring the site, or to demonstrate what something sounds or looks like.
  • The graphics/sounds.videos will aid my students in reacing the desired objectives for using this site.
 5  The sounds especially enhance the learning process for the students because they are not only able to see what something (instrument, composer, etc) looks like, but also see what it sounds like.

5.  Content/Information

 
  • This site offers a wealth of information related to my stated objectives.
 5 The site provides many different avenues for children to explore composers, composing, instruments, performers, etc.
  • The information is clearly labeled and organized, and will be easily understood by my students.
 5  The information is organized very clearly and is very thorough.
  • The content of linked sites is worthwhile and appropriate for my intended audience.
 1  I did not come across any linked sites.
  • The website is free of advertising that may be inappropriate for my intended audience.
 5  I did not come across any advertising or pop-up ads as a went through this web-site.
  • The content of linked sites adds to the value of this site for achieving my instructional goals.
 1  I did not come across any linked sites.
  • The information providers are clearly identified.
 5  The New York Philharmonic provides all the information.
  • The information providers are reliable.
 5  All of the links seem to come from reliable sources with good information.
  • The content is free of bias.  (or)
  • The content's bias is recognized as acceptable.
 5   The content of this page is almost all factual, so there is not really any bias other than the bias of performers because they use most of the performers fromt the New York Philharmonic.
  • The site provides interactivity which increases its instructional value.
 5  The website provides lots of games and exploration for students.

 

6. Currency


 
  • The site was recently revised.
 1  There is no indication of this

7.  Availability of Further Information


 
  • A contact person or address is readily available.
 5 There is an e-mail address and mailing address for any questions.
  • There is evidence that the author is a qualified expert.
 5 The author is sponsered by the New York Philharmonic.


Scoring: 98 points

Add the total number of points awarded to this site and determine your overall rating.
For any specific category that did not apply to this site, deduct five points from the total possible points.
JJJJJ 110-101 points
This site is well-designed and meets my instructional goals so effectively that I can provide my students with general instruction and allow free exploration.
JJJJ 100- 86 points
This site contains good material but a site map with specific directions will assist my students in reaching my stated objective.
JJJ 85-71 points
This site contains infomration that will make stops at designated points worthwhile, but students will need more structured guidance in order to reach instructional goals.  A list of bookmarks to specific pages and/or links is advisable, as is frequent discussion of student progress.
 JJ 70-56 points
Although useful information exists at this site, its most effective contribution to my objectives will be in whole-class instruction where I can guide exploration and keep students on task.
J 55-41 points
This site contains a few pieces of information that make it a possible alternative when other sources are not readily available.  Supervised student use is advised.
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