District Administration - June 2009 - (Page 56)

How Well Does This Web Site LEARN WHAT OUR WEB ANALYST SAYS IS RIGHT AND WRONG WITH THIS DISTRICT SITE Corpus Christi (Texas) Independent School District www.echalkweb.ccisd.us By Laura R. Bona THE CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS Independent School District serves approximately 38,500 students and has just over 2,500 classroom teachers. e district is made up of 40 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 5 high schools and 5 special campuses. Design is professionally designed and powered site has a look that is clean and straightforward, with useful and important information highlighted. ere are a healthy number of content choices offered on the home page, although some of the graphics seem larger than is necessary for clarity. Additionally, there are several feature content sections, as well as links to news, the district calendar and other high-interest topics. Although they are not identical, the individual school sites are presented with a helpful continuity of design and content, using different color palettes. A “District Home” link appears sitewide in the far left of the top navigation bar; however, the district logo (which also appears near the top left on every site page) doesn’t serve as a link back to the home page, as might be expected. Navigation ere is a consistent top nav bar featuring nine categories, each with a cascading menu of subchoices. Selecting the main navigation category leads to a secondary landing page, with more navigational choices. ere is also a handy breadcrumb trail (clickable links that map the path taken to a given page) atop most site pages. A search box appears near the upper 56 June/July 2009 There are a healthy number of content choices offered on the home page, although some of the graphics seem larger than is necessary for clarity. Additionally, there are several feature content sections, as well as links to news, the district calendar and other high-interest topics. right corner (an optimal location). e search functionality is hosted by Google, and it delivers largely relevant and accurate results. ere is no site map offered, which would serve as a helpful alternative browsing tool. Usability Both general and targeted content (on the district and its individual schools) is provided throughout this site. e News section is particularly fleshed out, with news segmented into categories such as “CCISD in the News,” “Press Releases” and “In the Board Room.” is user-friendly site is intuitive to get around, with little to no wasted effort. e site is not optimized for access by disabled users. School-to-Home Interaction ere is no dedicated section for parents on the district site, but information pertinent to parents is easy to locate. For example, there are content sections for the board of trustees and for all district departments (including athletics, curriculum and instruction, and family education and involvement). e “Quick Links” in the top nav bar includes bus schedules, cafeteria menus, and an interactive tutorial on the “Parent Access” portal (offerDistrict Administration http://echalkweb.ccisd.us

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - June 2009

District Administration - June 2009
Contents
From the Editor
News Update
Stimulus Monitor
District Profile
Admin Profile
Crisis Response
Tech Disruptions
A Deeper Shade of Green
The New School Lunch
Business Brings Sustainable Lessons to School
A Netbook for Every Student
Vision Videos Empower Students
New Books
How Well Does This Web Site Work?
New Products
Problem Solution
Online Edge

District Administration - June 2009

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