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Elephants: Teaching and Learning - Site Evaluation
Thanks to Ellen Callahan Dwyer for use of her rubric.

Integrate lessons about the Elephant Sanctuary elephants into different curriculum areas. Visit our pages:
• math facts and more
• habitats, endangered species
Language Arts
• writing and multimedia presentations
• fundraising, letter writing
• related links including frameworks and Elephant telecam
Sample Grant
• read a lighthouse grant based on the Elephant Sanctuary curriculum
• rubric used to evaluate resource links
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Evaluated Site: DOE Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
Available at:
Web Expert     
Right Idea     
Should Be Improved     
Read The Book     
Don't Publish     


     5     1. Document is divided into logical supporting pages or, if presented in a single page, offers a table of contents with section links to avoid scrolling through the entire document.

     5     2. The site displays good graphic design principles, including uncluttered space, subdued backgrounds, and coordinated colors.

     5     3. Navigation is intuitive, easy to understand, and provides flexibility in movement.

     3     4. Home page is linked from all subsequent pages.

     5     5. Multimedia elements have a clear purpose.

     5     6. Multimedia elements load quickly or file size is indicated with user option to download.

     5     7. Text is easy to read and contrasts with all backgrounds.

     5     8. Images include ALT, HEIGHT, WIDTH tags and offer initial thumbnail graphic if file is large.

     5     9. Site content is widely accessible or appropriate adaptions have been made.


     5     10. Pages have clear and appropriate title in title bar.

     5     11. Links are appropriate, clearly labeled, and have a definite purpose.

     5     12. Links are up-to-date and functional.

     5     13. Useful content is embedded no further than two layers deep.

     5     14. Site contains in-depth content that encourages users to return.

     5     15. Information is accurate and current.

     5     16. Site stimulates thinking and reflection.


     4     17. Credibility is established by including information regarding author, affiliations, and credentials.

     3     18. Contact person with email address in included.

     5     19. Site is bias-free, or explicitly states point of view.

     5     20. Material is original or includes appropriate citations with no copyright infringement.

     5      21. Correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar indicate care and attention to detail.

     5      22. Site indicates date(s) that material was created or updated.

Content Specific to an Endangered Asian Elephant Unit.

     5      23. Page has information useful to teachers developing a unit on endangered Asian Elephants which will align with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

     5      24. Page can either be used by students to study elephants directly, or by teachers in support of related curriculum development.

     5      25. Pages works in a variety of browsers, so as to be accessible to teachers and students working from home, school or library.

     122     Total

     4.88      Final Score: Almost a Web Expert!


This is a well planned site. Easy to navigate, easy to search, easy to locate content. The site loses only a few points related to easy access to a contact person and home link for every page.

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Elephant Sanctuary photos with permission of the Elephant Sanctuary website at
Kids Love Elephants text built with
By Barbara Peskin , October 2000
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