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Peer Review

FAMSF: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco



Overall Rating:

3.33 stars
Content Quality: 3 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jan 20, 2002 by Teacher Education
Overview: This is the website of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Learning Goals: The author notes "Welcome to the website of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Comprised of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, we are the largest public arts institution in the City of San Francisco and one of the largest art museums in the United States." Consequently, this is a site that provides information about the role and function of these particular art museums.
Target Student Population: There are sections for families, K-12 grade levels, college students, educators, and the general public.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: To use this site effectively, educators must be able to navigate to and within the site. Searching is done by selecting links or entering key words. Teaching experience would be helpful to understand and apply the contents, but may not be necessary.
Type of Material: Resource Material
Technical Requirements: The site itself is primarily text-based and requires no special plug-ins for the browser.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: This site provides information and advertising on museum programs, which are available to people within driving distance of San Francisco. This site contains no direct instruction, although several links are provided to instructional objects. It focuses exclusively on programs that are offered by the museums. There doesn't seem to be any links to resources; however, there are a few modestly priced materials for educators to purchase.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Since this is a resource, rather than a teaching tool per se, so we can't attest to its potential effectiveness as a teaching/learning tool for those not able to visit the museums.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Requires basic skills to navigate.