District Administration - July 2008 - (Page 34)

How Well Does This Web Site LEARN WHAT OUR WEB ANALYST SAYS IS RIGHT AND WRONG WITH THIS DISTRICT SITE Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) Central School District www.rhnet.org By Kurt O. Dyrli THE RUSHHENRIETTA N.Y. CEN tral School District serves nearly 6,000 students in nine schools outside the city of Rochester, just south of Lake Ontario. Design The home page is appealing and well designed, with clearly defined sections, easily accessible content and a professional looking heading, all in the district’s colors. The main navigation bar reaches across the top of the heading, recent news headlines are located in the right margin, and commonly accessed “quick links” are located in the left, leaving room in the middle of the page for important announcements. While the page is not of an excessive length, the content would fit better if the very large, empty margins were smaller, which would also minimize the amount of page scrolling. The physical address and phone and fax numbers of the school district could be displayed more prominently in the heading, rather than in fine print at the bottom of the page. Navigation The overall page layout and heading, which includes an excellent navigation menu and links to the contact information page, e-mail login page and the home page, are maintained consistently across the top of every page. Such consistency makes navigation straightforward and information easy to locate as users move from page to page. When a main topic heading from the menu is accessed, the dropdown menu options are duplicated in the left margin and utilize a helpful “breadcrumb” navigation trail so users can easily understand their current location. 34 July 2008 “The home page is appealing and well designed, with clearly defined sections, easily accessible content and a professional looking heading, all in district colors. The main navigation bar reaches across the top of the heading, recent news headlines are located in the right margin, and commonly accessed “quick links” are located in the left, leaving room in the middle of the page for important announcements.” “The overall page layout and heading, which includes an excellent navigation menu and links to the contact information page, e-mail login page and the home page, are maintained consistently across the top of every page. Such consistency makes navigation straightforward and information easy to locate as users move from page to page.” The site search tool functions superbly and organizes search results into site categories where terms are located, such as “Board Policies” or “Instruction.” However, the search tool could be located more prominently at the top of every page, rather than in the bottom left corner. Interaction with the User An introductory message in the middle of the home page explains how to navigate and make the most of the Web site, which is particularly helpful for any users who are inexperienced with the Internet. The “Take Our Poll” tool on the home page actually displays rotating quizzes about various topics with correct and incorrect answers, rather than polls. Instead of these trivia questions, the district should take advantage of this opportunity to discover the opinions of the community with polling about important topics. The district uses a bulletin board service in its Communications department, which provides e-mail accounts for community members and hosts discussion foDistrict Administration http://www.rhnet.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - July 2008

District Administration - July 2008
Contents
Editor’s Letter
Letters
News Update
Curriculum Update
Administrator Profile
Conversations
Getting Mobile
School Supplies on a Budget
The Silent Issue
How Well Does This Web Site Work?
New Products
Management Books
Speaking Out
Calendar of Events
Research Center

District Administration - July 2008

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