Barbara, age: 1966-2001
originally from Sri Lanka
kids love elephants

Elephants: Teaching and Learning - Site Evaluation
Thanks to Ellen Callahan Dwyer for use of her original rubric which I have since revised for my use.

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 web sites
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Evaluated Page: The Eleweb Site
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.

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

     5     5. Multimedia elements complement and enhance content.

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


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

     5     11. Links are clearly labeled meet the needs of the audience of the site as well as its stated purpose.

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

     5     13. Content specific to the site and useful to the audience 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. Through use of images, multimedia and text, the site stimulates thinking and reflection about the subject area.

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

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


     5     19. Credibility is established by including information regarding author, affiliations, and credentials.

     5     20. Contact person with email address in included.

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

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

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

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

     120     Total

     5      Final Score: Web Expert!


For purposes of this evaluation I've tested the rubric against 6 pages of the site. As I work to complete the Eleweb site, each page will strive to meet the standards of this rubric.

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By Barbara Peskin , 2000-2003.
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