District Administration - May 2009 - (Page 40)
How Well Does This Web Site LEARN WHAT OUR WEB ANALYST SAYS IS RIGHT AND WRONG WITH THIS DISTRICT SITE West Aurora (Ill.) School District 129 www.sd129.org By Laura R. Bona WEST AURORA SCHOOL DIS trict 129 in Illinois has more than 12,500 students and includes 12 elementary schools, four middle schools, one high school, one child development center and one special education facility. Design is site is well organized and, while packed with information, the presentation is not overwhelming. e home page boasts a wide variety of content, including the latest news links (as well as a link to an extensive news archive) and a “Message Center” with featured links to content such as the district budget, the district report card, emergency closing information and even voter registration forms. e sites or sections for the individual schools and centers all share the same design and similar content, ensuring a user-friendly and consistent experience throughout. In addition to the prominent “SD129” home page link at the top left of every site page, the district logo, which appears in the same area, provides a direct and handy way to get back to the home page. Navigation e top navigation bar is consistent throughout the main district site and all the individual school sections. It links to the sections for students, parents and staﬀ, in addition to district “Contact” and “About” pages. ere is also a consistently oﬀered left-side navigation listing, which includes links to “Calendar,” “Board [of Education],” “Athletics,” “Registration” and much more. Most site sections have customized right-hand navigation lists to further ensure smooth and rewarding browsing. 40 May 2009 This site is well organized and, while packed with information, the presentation is not overwhelming. The home page boasts a wide variety of content, including the latest news links (as well as a link to an extensive news archive) and a “Message Center” with featured links to content such as the district budget, the district report card, emergency closing information and even voter registration forms. A search box is provided at the top right of every site page. e search function returned basically relevant results. However, a search for “athletics” did not return a link to the main “Athletics” section page within the top 10 results, nor did a search for “registration” include a link to the main “Registration” section page, as would be reasonably expected. ere are no advanced search options offered, and there is no way to ﬁlter search results to narrow down the link information returned. At the time of this review, no site map was provided. Usability ere is a great deal of helpful content provided on this site. ere are speciﬁc sections for parents, students, staﬀ, alumni and the community. In the “For Parents” section, there are 33 links, with content on everything from “Central Administration/Superintendent’s Oﬃce” to “Curriculum” to “Internet Safety Links.” e “For Students” section features useful information pertaining to homework assignments and research, along with a direct link to “Library Media Nexus,” where students can renew books online, reference the “Library FAQ,” learn about Internet resources, and even reserve a library area or lab. e “Community Involvement” section is robust. Visitors can learn about the Superintendent’s Community Advisory Council (meeting dates and minutes are available) and ﬁnd out about becoming band boosters and sports boosters. is site is not optimized for access by District Administration
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District Administration - May 2009