Purpose:
The purpose of this activity is to explore sites that you are unfamiliar with, rather than to review sites you use all the time.
Instructions:
For this assignment, you will need to review five websites in total.Choose three websites from the following list below:
• Self Advocacy Online (Links to an external site.)
• I’mDetermined.org (Links to an external site.)
• Zarro Center for Learning Enrichment (Links to an external site.)
• National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center, Student Focused Planning (Links to an external site.)
• I’mDetermined.org, Teachers as Implementers (Links to an external site.)
Next, find at least two websites using an Internet search. To search for sites, use Internet search engines most often used by educators (Yahoo, Google, Alta Vista, Hotbot, etc.) and search for sites related to self-determination and self-advocacy.
Guidelines:
To successfully complete this assignment, you must complete a report of your search and website reviews. Your report must include:
1. Adescription of the topics of self-determination and self-advocacy, how you implemented the Internet search (e.g., which search engines you used, etc.), problems associated with your search and selection of websites, other options you used to find websites, and how you decided upon the five sites for your review.
2. For each website, you should include:
• A description of each website: You should describe the overall purpose and some of the various pages, tools, and resources available. Your description should demonstrate that you have spent time navigating the site and viewing any embedded videos.
• Reflections on the usefulness of these sites for providing you with information about the topic as well as how the information and sites apply more directly to your program and/or community. Consider the following questions in your reflection: Who is the appropriate audience for this website? Would you share this with your students? Their families? Your colleagues? How could the information you see here impact your practice?
Rubric:
To view the detailed rubric showing how you will be assessed, please see below:
Selection of Websites Significantly Exceeds Expectations
(5 pts) Slightly Exceeds Expectations
(4 pts) Meets Expectations
(3 pts) Slightly Below Expectations
(2 pts) Significantly Below Expectations
(1 pt) Not Evident
(0 pts)
Selected five or more (including at least two from the class list and two self-selected) websites that relate specifically to the topic, are meaningful and offer relevant and up-to-date information, resources, etc.Used a variety of search engines to identify sites. Selected five or more (including at least two from the class list and two self-selected) self-determination and self-advocacy websites. The sites are meaningful and offer relevant and up-to-date information, resources, etc. Used a single search engine to identify sites. Selected four (including at least two from the class list and two self-selected) self-determination and self-advocacy websites. The sites are meaningful and offer relevant and up-to-date information, resources, etc. Selected three self-determination and self-advocacy websites. The sites are meaningful and offer relevant and up-to-date information, resources, etc. Two to three of the websites relate to self-determination and self-advocacy, but the information is out of date and/or not relevant for youth, families, or teachers. Fewer than three websites or websites do not relate to self-determination or self-advocacy.
Website Description Significantly Exceeds Expectations
(20 pts) Slightly Exceeds Expectations
(16 pts) Meets Expectations
(12 pts) Slightly Below Expectations
(8 pts) Significantly Below Expectations
(4 pt) Not Evident
(0 pts)
Clear description of the overall purpose, layout, and target audience for the website. Describes the various links, media, and resources that are available. Includes summary of how easy the site is to navigate. Clear description of the overall purpose, layout, and target audience for the website. Describes the various links, media, and resources that are available. Clear description of the overall purpose, layout, and target audience for the website.
Brief description of the website is missing one of the following: a) overall purpose, b) layout, or c) target audience for the website. Brief description of the website is missing two of the following: a) overall purpose, b) layout, or c) target audience for the website. No description provided.
Reflections Significantly Exceeds Expectations
(10 pts) Slightly Exceeds Expectations
(8 pts) Meets Expectations
(6 pts) Slightly Below Expectations
(4 pts) Significantly Below Expectations
(2 pt) Not Evident
(0 pts)
The reflection includes a description of how the website could be incorporated into one’s teaching practices and provides specific examples. The reflection should clearly describe how the websites or the resources/links/media can be utilized to enhance the self-determination and self-advocacy of his/her students. The reflection cites readings and lectures from the course. The reflection includes a description of how the website could be incorporated into one’s teaching practices and provides specific examples. The reflection should clearly describe how the websites or the resources/links/media can be utilized to enhance the self-determination and self-advocacy of his/her students. The reflection includes a description of how the website could be incorporated into one’s teaching practices and provides specific examples. The reflection includes minimal mention of the usefulness of the links, resources, and media available on this site. The reflection includes a description of how the website could be incorporated into one’s teaching practices and provides specific examples. The reflection does not describe the usefulness of the links, resources, and media available on this site. The reflection includes a description of how the website could be incorporated into one’s teaching practices in general terms but does not provide specific examples. No reflection provided.
Total Points /35

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