THE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHED a new web site today. It is described in the press release below.
A dedicated team in our Office of the Chief Information Officer, led by Keith Stubbs, worked for more than a year to develop the new site. We are still making refinements. Your comments & feedback are invited. Kirk Winters EDInfo, U.S. Department of Education [EMAIL PROTECTED] ================================================ ED Launches Redesigned Web Site: www.ed.gov redesign makes site easier to use & offers users novel options to customize the site for their needs & interests. October 16, 2001 ================================================ U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced today that the Department of Education Web site has been redesigned to improve its organization & function for all customers & to offer users interested in customizing the Web site the option to personalize it. "This redesigned site can help reduce the time teachers, parents & others spend looking for information so they can spend more time using it to help children learn," Paige said. "The new www.ed.gov is part of what will be an ongoing effort to make the information & resources of the Department of Education available & understandable to policymakers, government leaders educators, parents & students alike." The new www.ed.gov site includes several improvements & adds new features for its users including the following: * Information has been reorganized & can be reached through multiple paths, including these five categories: grants & contracts, financial aid for students, education resources, research & statistics & policy. * Customized pages have been created for teachers, principals, parents & families, students, higher education institutions & grantees & technical assistance providers. * Visitors may personalize the site to see the latest information about their favorite topics. They can also sign up for weekly updates announcing new additions to the site. * An improved search function will produce results that are more relevant & reliable. The redesign keeps the best features of the previous site. Visitors using the search function may still search www.ed.gov as well as the hundreds of Web sites supported by department grants & programs. The redesigned site also offers an alphabetical index of the best starting points for research on the site & includes a site map to provide a bird's-eye view of the entire site. The Web site will continue to offer useful information available on the previous site including: * News regarding department activities & initiatives including press releases, speeches, EDInfo (an information service that announces new reports, new initiatives & funding opportunities from ED through e-mail) & NewsFlash (an e-mail-based alert service that announces new publications & news from the National Center for Education Statistics). * Publications & products including reports & studies, research syntheses & connections to the ED Pubs online ordering system. * The Guide to ED Programs, which describes department programs & offers background & contact information for potential applicants & participants. * The president's budget request for federal education programs & information on how much Congress has appropriated & allocated for those programs. * An overview of the department's organizational structure of programs & staff. * Opportunities within the department including information on job openings & more. The ED Web site -- www.ed.gov -- is consistently ranked among the top 10 most-visited government Web sites, with an average of more than 1 million visitors & more than 12 million page views each month. A study of government Web sites, released in September 2001 by Brown University, ranked it sixth in quality among 58 federal sites. The redesign of www.ed.gov was launched in response to feedback from users who completed a survey on the Web site. The redesigned site launched today represents the first phase of redesign activity, & the department will continue to improve the structure, presentation & function of the resources & materials available on the redesigned Web site during a second phase of redesign activity that will begin shortly & continue through 2002. =========================================================== To subscribe to (or unsubscribe from) EDInfo, address an email message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Then write either SUBSCRIBE EDINFO YOURFIRSTNAME YOURLASTNAME in the message, or write UNSUBSCRIBE EDINFO (if you have a signature block, please turn it off) Then send it! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Past EDInfo messages: http://www.ed.gov/MailingLists/EDInfo/ Search: http://www.ed.gov/MailingLists/EDInfo/search.html Past ED Initiatives: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/EDInitiatives/ =========================================================== Kirk Winters U.S. Department of Education [EMAIL PROTECTED] -- This is the ISTA-talk mailing list. 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