Evaluation Rubrics for Navigating the Internet The following rubrics have been adapted and adopted from rubrics used to judge the International CyberFair.

A. Project Journal

B. Project Ideas and Content

C. Writing and Organization

D. Language and Conventions

E. Appearance and Presentation

F. Technical Performance

A. Project Journal

The purpose of this course is to provide students with 21st century literacy skills. We encourage students to use their communities and Internet to establish partnerships, share resources, and work together to accomplish common goals. The extent to which students actually accomplish this should be described in the Project Journal.

An outstanding project journal will have entries that tell an interesting about the project and its impact within the community. It will clearly show how the project meets or exceeds objectives. The journal entries will define the project's "community" and show that the project was instrumental in serving this community. The entries will clearly describe the project's contribution to their local community and its possible impact on the global Internet community. The contents of the project Web pages will lend support to the project journal.

A-1 Theme:Project Journal

A-2 Theme: The topic or purpose of the project.

A-3 Theme: required coursework and curriculum

 A-4 Theme: Relevance to the Community

A-8 Theme: Community Involvement

B. Project Ideas and Content

An excellent Web project will include an introduction which clearly identifies its purpose and its audience. Information and ideas will support the overall purpose, and will be written to meet the needs and interests of their audience.

An important part of the project will come from original and primary sources which are not readily available to the intended audience. These sources can include first-hand observations, measurements, accounts and reflections, original letters, memoirs, and diaries, personal observations, interviews, audio recordings and QuickTime movies, photographs, original art work and creative writing and poetry, period or historical newspaper and magazine articles, and other resources found within the partner community. Sources of all information will be clearly cited or otherwise validated in some way.

Sources of information will be properly cited so that the audience can determine the credibility and authority of the information presented, and so that authors can document that copyright ownership has not been violated.

Web pages will include relevant information, anecdotes, graphics, and links organized to support and enrich the overall theme or purpose of the project. The content will be clear and focused.

Finally, it should be apparent that the web authors mastered the content and ideas that went into completing the Web project.

B-1 Content: Purpose or Main Idea

B-2 Content: Supporting Details

B-3 Content: Audience

B-4 Content: Citation of Sources ("bibliography")

B-5 Content: Project "Teaches Something New"

B-6 Content: Accuracy of Information

B-7 Content: Students' Mastery of Content

C. Writing and Organization

An excellent Web project will be well written and well organized. The organization of the information on each page, and from page to page, enhances and showcases the purpose or main idea of this Web project. Each page is well written, with interesting introductions, transitions, bodies and conclusions. The order, structure or presentation of information is easy to navigate and provides a logical and satisfying experience for the Web visitor.

C-1 Organization: Project Introduction

C-2 Organization: Organization of Supporting Details

C-3 Organization: Quality of Writing

C-4 Organization: Transitions

C-5 Organization: Navigation

C-6 Organization: Links to Other Sites

D. Language and Conventions

D-1 Conventions: Paragraphs

D-2 Conventions: Grammar

D-3 Conventions: Punctuation

D-4 Conventions: Spelling

D-5 Conventions: Need for Revision

E. Appearance and Presentation

In an excellent Web project the overall appearance of pages is pleasing and contributes to understanding of the content. There is a nice balance of easy to read titles, text, colors and graphic which results in a pleasant and comfortable viewing experience. Graphic elements contribute to the experience without being cluttered or confusing.

E-1 Appearance: Effective Overall Design Theme

E-2 Appearance: Colors, Background and Text

E-3 Appearance: Icons and Other Graphical Elements

E-4 Appearance: Multimedia Resources

F. Technical Performance

An excellent Web project works!

Graphical elements are optimized so that pages load quickly, even for users with limited bandwidth (slow modem speeds). Pages look good in text-only mode (when users have turned off graphics loading in their browser).

Pages look good in a variety of Web browsers. If there are advanced features which demand higher bandwidth or more sophisticated end-user resources (the "latest" browser or plug-in), an alternate low-bandwidth or text-only mode is provided.

Links to other pages and to internal resources all work as expected.

F-1 Technical: Pages load efficiently

F-2 Technical: Pages work in a variety of  browsers

F-3 Technical: Links Work

F-4 Technical: Multimedia resources Work

These rubrics have been adapted and adopted from rubrics used to judge the International CyberFair.