Monday, April 23, 2007

Web Success

Pictured: (left to right) Tim Repas, Mrs. Denise Dunham, Robert Burgess. The students pose with their principal, holding their certificates from the webpage competition.

On Wednesday March 14th, Robert Burgess and Tim Repas, accompanied by their instructor, James Krauss, went to the Newark campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology to participate in the Second Annual High School Web Design Competition.

High school students from all over the State came together to compete in two categories of Web Design. The first category involved a website design that had to be created the day before the competition. The second category involved teams receipt of a poorly designed website; each team was given two and a half hours to improve or redesign three or four pages of the site.

The assessment criteria was as follows:

1. Web site usability (40%) – Addressing the following:

Does the site:
a. Speak the user’s language
b. Show consistency
c. Minimize the user’s memory load
d. Appear flexible and efficient
e. Use chunking
f. Use progressive level of detail
g. Have navigation feedback

2. Aesthetic and minimalist design (30%)

3. Technical Competency Level (30%)

Woodbury’s team of Rob and Tim (smallest school involved – and only one team competing) used PHP and JavaScript, along with clean, bright, easy to navigate design to place sixth out of sixty-four teams!

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