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BIOLOGY Wikispace Rubric 
Rubric to evaluate student-created wikis. Group of 3 or 4, covers specific biology topic. A great wiki will be very user-friendly, simple in design, and educational to anyone! BASIC REQUIREMENTS: For your website to be graded, you must have the following: *The wikispace must have 12-15 outside source links. *At least 6 pages (not including the home page). *At least 3 videos embedded in the site. *At least 2 photos/images per page (total of 12 photos minimum). *At least 3 activities related to the content. *At least 3 spreadsheets or documents (embedded or linked) for reader to use or print. *1 embedded Keynote (or Voicethread) presentation about your topic. All group members must edit and contribute to the site. Each website must make the teacher a member.
Rubric Code: VA8W26
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Subject: Biology  
Type: Project  
Grade Levels: 9-12


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  Poor

3 pts

Developing

6 pts

Average

8 pts

Outstanding

10 pts

Purpose & Theme Clarity

Purpose: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.

Theme: the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic

Poor

The site lacks a purpose and theme.
Developing

The purpose and theme of the site is muddy or vague.
OR
The purpose/theme are grade-related.
Average

The site has a clearly stated purpose and theme.

The purpose/theme seems to be well though-out.
Outstanding

The site has a thorough and clear purpose and theme that are both extremely well-written.

The purpose/theme are original and creative.
Purpose & Theme Throughout Website

Is it easy to tell that the purpose is the building block of the site?

Does the site stick to the stated theme?

Poor

The site is completely lacking in continuity.

Very few linked sites that do not relate to the theme/purpose.
Developing

The site has a few pages that stick to the theme, but for the most part is incongruous.

Linked sites are not chosen well and do not relate to the theme/purpose.
Average

Almost all pages stick to the site's main purpose and themes, most pages are easily related to others.

Linked sites are chosen well but do not all relate to the theme/purpose.
Outstanding

All pages follow the site's main purpose and theme, all pages are easily related to others and are congruous.

Linked sites are chosen well and relate to the main theme/purpose.
Objectivity

The goal of your website is not to share your opinion, but to give solid factual information.

It is up to your group if you want to include an "opinion page," but it is not a requirement.

Poor

Almost all images, videos, text and links support a specific opinion or agenda.

The author's opinion interjected where it is not necessary or where it is incorrect to insert.
Developing

Several images, text, videos and links support a specific opinion or agenda.

Images, videos or links or text have been used/modified/added to support a particular agenda or opinion.
Average

The author's opinion interjected in few places, but not throughout the entire website (where it is not necessary or where it is incorrect to insert).

The author has not used/modified images or video to show opinion.
Outstanding

The author's opinion has been kept out of the entire website.

No images, videos or links or text have been used/modified/added to support a particular agenda or opinion.
Fonts/Text

Your site should be easy to read, but not have distracting text changes!

Poor

A wide variety of fonts, styles, colors and point sizes is used.

This detracts from the site, making it confusing for the viewer.
Developing

The fonts are somewhat consistent between pages, headings, and paragraphs.

The site has too many inconsistent changes in font color, style or point sizes.
Average

The fonts are consistent, easy to read and point size, color or style vary appropriately for headings and text.
Outstanding

The fonts are consistent, easy to read and point size and color vary appropriately for pages, headings and text.

Related content is evident because of text color/size/style changes.

Use of font styles (italic, bold, underline) is consistent and improves readability.
Graphics

This is all about the images you have chosen to use. Make sure you are using high quality pictures, images and illustrations!

Poor

Graphics seem randomly chosen.

They are of low quality,
and distract the reader.
Developing

Few of the graphics are related to the theme/purpose of the site.

Few are of good quality.
Average

Graphics are related to the theme/purpose of the site.

They are of good quality and somewhat enhance reader understanding.
Outstanding

Graphics are related to the theme/purpose of the site.

They are thoughtfully cropped (and edited), not just taken directly from a google image search.

They are of high quality and enhance reader interest or understanding.
Page Layout

When someone comes to your page, will they be excited? Bored? Confused?

Poor

Web pages are cluttered or confusing.

It is difficult to locate important elements.
Developing

Web pages have a usable layout, but may appear busy or boring.

Reader can locate some of the important elements, but some parts don't follow a logical order.
Average

Web pages have an agreeable and usable layout.

It is easy to locate all important elements, and most parts follow a logical order.
Outstanding

Web site has an exceptionally attractive and very user-friendly layout.

It is very easy to locate all important elements, and all parts follow a logical order.
Website Navigation

If someone is cruising around your site, can they get from place to place with relative ease?

Poor

Reader cannot return to the "Home" page.

Reader cannot view all pages.
Developing

Reader finds it difficult return to the "Home" page.

Reader finds it difficult to view all pages.
Average

Reader can return to the "Home" page with relative ease.

Reader can view all pages.
Outstanding

Reader can return to the "Home" page easily from any place on the site.

Reader finds it very easy to view all pages.

It is easy for the reader to travel between pages.
Spelling and Grammar

Your goal is to make this website look as professional as possible. Correct spelling & grammar are an integral part of this: use "professional register," not casual register (AKA "internet lingo").

Poor

There are too many errors in spelling (more than 11), punctuation or grammar.

It is hard/impossible to read the information.

The reader is distracted by errors.
Developing

There are many errors (between 4-10) in spelling, punctuation or grammar.

It is challenging for the reader to get through the information.
Average

There are minimal errors (between 2-3) in spelling, punctuation or grammar.

The reader is not distracted by these errors.
Outstanding

There are absolutely no errors in spelling, punctuation or grammar.

The site contains excellent sentence structure and word use.
Content

What you choose to include in your site.

Do your research: don't include things in the site just because they're flashy!

Poor

There are more than 4 inaccuracies in the content, and/or the content is unrelated to theme.
Developing

2-3 pieces of the information provided on the website is inaccurate.

Some of the content is related to the theme of the site.
Average

0-1 bits of information on the website are inaccurate.

The content is all related to the site's theme.
Outstanding

All information on the website is 100% accurate.

All content is related to the theme of the site.

Content is also interrelated with itself!
Content Navigation

Activities and links are well planned and thought out. It makes sense to an outsider how they should go through the pages.

Poor

Students have 1 page of activities.

These activities do not make sense in how they are arranged/grouped.
Developing

Students have more than one page of activities.

Some of these activities make sense in how they are grouped.
Average

Students have more than one logical page of activities.

They make sense in how they are grouped as well as ordered in the pages.
Outstanding

Students have 2 or more logical pages of activities.

They make sense in how they are grouped as well as ordered in the pages.

Authors have included a "content navigation" page or something that directs the user through the activities.
Embedded Presentation

You must educate your audience. This is one of the best ways to get them all of the information they need in order to successfully complete activities on your site.

Poor

Timing is poor.

Slides are not clear. The are difficult to read (because of spelling/grammar or font/sizes).

Information is very hard to understand, most of it doesn't make sense.
Developing

Timing is inadequate.

Some slides are easy to read, others are very difficult to understand.

Some information is easy to understand, but most of it does not make sense.
Average

Timing is good.

Slides are clear and easy to read.

Information is easy to understand.
Outstanding

Timing is excellent.

Slides are clear and easy to read.

Information is easy to understand; it makes sense.

Voicethread or iMovie is used to enhance an already great presentation!
Activities

Whatever you want your reader to do, make sure it's connected to the content and educational!

Poor

Chosen activities are not modified to suit audience.

Chosen activities are difficult/impossible for audience to complete or understand.
Developing

1-2 chosen activities are not modified to suit audience.

1-2 chosen activities are difficult for audience to complete.
Average

All chosen activities are modified to suit audience.

All chosen activities are simple for audience to complete.
Outstanding

All chosen activities are original or drastically modified from an original source to be fairly unique. Modifications are appropriate and well-executed.

All activities are simple and fun/interesting for audience to complete.
Interest

Within the content you have chosen, have you been able to make it interesting?

Is it fun or exciting for someone to read your information? to look at your videos? to complete any activities on the site?

Poor

The authors have not created interesting content that compels the reader to continue.
Developing

The authors attempted to present the information in an interesting way.

Very few parts are actually interesting to the reader.
Average

The authors have made the content of the site interesting to the readers.

The reader finds most of the content interesting.
Outstanding

The authors have made an exceptional attempt to make the content of the site interesting to the readers.

The reader finds it difficult to stop reading all of the content, watching videos or doing activities!
Collaboration

Depending on how you choose to create the site, you may all work on pages together or you may delegate different responsibilities to different group members.

Poor

Students had difficulty working with one or more group members. Communication between group members was nonexistent.

Pages do not flow well together because not all group members could agree on decisions.
Developing

Students had difficulty working with one or more group members.

Some pages flow well together, but group members could not agree on some decisions.
Average

Student works well with other group members. Most issues/problems were settled peacefully.

All but 1-2 pages flow well together, group members could agree on all major decisions.
Outstanding

Student works very well with other group members.
Many of the group members looked to him/her for help, and the student readily gave assistance. Any issues/problems that arose were settled peacefully.

All pages flow well together, group members could agree on all decisions, major or minor.
Citations

At times, it is nearly impossible to create 100% original content. That's okay, as long as you are giving credit where credit is due!

Poor

Most images, information and videos are not cited anywhere on the website.
Developing

Some images, information and videos are cited on the website, but it is difficult to find the citations.
Average

All images, information and videos are cited on the website. This is done simply, and on one page.
Outstanding

All images, information and videos are cited on the website. This is done in correct APA format, and on one easily-linked page.










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