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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Eisenhower National Clearinghouse

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Feb 23, 2004 by Teacher Education
Overview: As stated by the author, "ENC serves all K-12 educators, parents, and students
with free products and services in math and science."
Learning Goals: This is a site for teachers and teacher educators to identify resources for and
about teaching practices and materials. The site: *Acquires and catalogs
mathematics and science curriculum resources, creating the most comprehensive
collection in the nation. *Provides the best selection of math and science
education resources on the Internet. *Supports teachers' professional
development in math, science, and the effective use of technology. *Collaborates
with the Eisenhower Regional Consortia and many other organizations across the
nation to promote education reform.
Target Student Population: K-12 classroom teachers of science and mathematics as well as college and
university faculty who prepare math and science teachers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: To use this site successfully, educators must be able to navigate to and within
the site. Teaching experience would be helpful to understand and apply the
contents, but may not be required.
Type of Material: This site is a resource object that contains no direct instruction, although
several of the links provided are to instructional objects.
Recommended Uses: This site offers current and practical information and resources for science and
math education students and teachers.
Technical Requirements: The site itself is primarily text-based and requires no special plug-ins for the
browser. However, there are literally hundreds of links to other apparently
valuable resources that may require special plug-ins.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The site offers a wide range of resources, organized by Ohio State University.
The nature of the media of each resource is indicated by an icon of a book,
disc, CD-ROM, Video etc. This site is an important resource for all educators
because of its international scope.
Concerns: There does not seem to be any rating or evaluation of the sites by external
agencies. Likewise, the selection criteria for inclusion is not apparent.

This site offers valuable resource materials. However, to utilize it
successfully, searching, identifying and applying the resources to classroom
instruction requires a great deal of time..

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: This site offers discussion questions to promote professional development in
teaching math and science. The points of inquiry are useful for reflective
practice. In addition, the site provides resources for learning about the Third
International Mathematics and Science Study that is significant to educational
research as well as teaching and learning.

Concerns: To appropriately use the site as a learning object, the teacher would benefit
from a strong understanding of educational research design to facilitate
discussion of validity and reliability of the study?s results to effectively
apply the recommendations to improve teaching and learning of math and science.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Navigation through the links is quite easy, and things are explained briefly but
adequately.
Concerns: The reviewers wonder if a teacher with limited skills in navigation and/or slow
connections (both to soon be relics of the past) would find it easy to navigate


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