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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Read Write Think

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Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 05, 2010 by Teacher Education
Overview: This is a well organized and systematically structured web site geared for education K-12. It is supported by the International Reading Association(IRA) and the National Council of Teachers (NCTE). The site has sub sections that provide information, ideas and interactive materials for classroom resources, professional development, parents, and after school.
Learning Goals: The intent of this site is to support meaningful educational experiences during and after school by providing opportunities for engagement, collaboration, and reflection. The site seeks to support parents, students, and educators with its online offerings.
Target Student Population: K-12 teachers, teacher education faculty, student teachers, parents
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: educational database of carefully designed online information, lessons, interactive materials for K-12 education
Recommended Uses: The site is specifically designed to be used for classroom resources and professional development opportunities including instructional strategy guides and a professional library listing books and journals from IRA and NCTE. There is a section for parents and afterschool resources that contains activities, games, printouts, and how-to's, all designed for out-of-school use.
Technical Requirements: Internet access. You may need to download the most recent version of the Flash or Shockwave plug-in for your browser. The plug-ins are available for free and are safe to install on your computer.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The content quality and models for instruction in this site are carefully designed and reviewed by an advisory board of educators from IRA and NCTE. Thoughtful consideration for educators, students, and parents are part of this. The site is extensive with comprehensive information, interactive models, lesson plans, resources for educators and parents, and professional development opportunities. Core curriculum and beyond is addressed. ReadWriteThink.org has been selected as an Official Honoree of the 14th Annual Webby Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Over 8,000 entries were submitted this year, and fewer than 15% were awarded the status of Official Honoree.
Concerns: None

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The multiple ways to search and find materials, resources, lesson ideas, and current information is a strength. Hundreds of standards-based lesson plans are written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices. These lessons are aligned to individual state standards and are revised/updated on a regular basis. The site clearly supports practicing and pre-service teachers by providing demonstration lessons, online student interactive models for grasping concepts, and calendar activities, print outs, articles, and collaboration by practicing teachers.
Concerns: None

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This is a huge site, but it is clearly and systematically organized. Finding information, materials, examples, and more is easy with the header labels, drop-down menus, tabs, and built-in search engine. he Search Resources tool is available on the left-hand side of every page and allows you to filter what you see by a variety of different categories, including grade level and resource type. There is even a Technical Help link for technical help with links for directly downloading Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave Player and QuickTime Player. The site is well maintained with current information. You can also use the keyword box at the top of the Search Resources tool to search using a specific term or phrase. When you do this, you will see results from the ReadWriteThink site and will also have the option to see resources from the Verizon Thinkfinity Consortium partner sites in other disciplines. You can also browse each of the four sections (Classroom Resources, Professional Development, About Us, and Parent & After School Resources) of the ReadWriteThink site using the buttons that line the top of every page.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: None.