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Peer Review

Water Science For Schools



Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Oct 11, 2001 by Chemistry Editorial Board
Overview: The "Water Science for Schools" website is hosted by the US Geological Survey and is targeted to middle school and high school audiences. It contains a wealth of information about water, focusing primarily on its use as a resource. In addition to descriptions, the site contains images, maps, and tables of data, along with an extensive glossary, and interactive opinion surveys.
Learning Goals: Resources
Target Student Population: Middle and High School students primarily but could be used for college level as well.
Type of Material: Resources

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Excellent descriptions follow the introductions,and connect well from one concept to another.Excellent resource for properties of water,water cycle, water use,etc.
Concerns: Good detail information, should be used together with specific materials from course syllabi. The Web items in this "Bridge site" that complement this site are "Water on the Web" Dr. Bruce Munson, and "Important Water Quality Measurements" Kentucky Water Watch

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Several interactive sections such as quizzes, assignments, graphics and well-planned sections and activities which should facilitate the presentation and learning experience
Concerns: Recommended for use after initial classrom discussion on the subject of Water and its properties

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Well-organized, clearly labeled sections, easy to navigate, well-planned and executed links
Concerns: The interface, the graphics, text descriptions are all excellent