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Planning for my Website Project (Eeeek) WK 7

So, after considerable deliberation and scratching of the head, I have finalised my idea for my website.  The web page is primarily designed for pre service teachers, heading into schools.  It will provide them with resources to assist with lesson planning, classroom management strategies and information to help accommodate students with different learning intelligences and needs.

I thought that such a webpage would be extremely beneficial to PS teachers, as during this time in schools, they have little contact with university staff to help scaffold their learning/ teaching experiences..

Many of the resources would be acquired from university course work and adapted to become less theoretical and more user-friendly.  The website would also provide instant links to other beneficial sites, such as the Victorian Education Learning Standards and helpful teaching resources like, Free Stuff For Teachers.

It could also be used for ps teachers to leave helpful comments for each other, or to ask questions.

In planning for this project, I need to learn to use Fireworks, as I feel that it is important to make this site as visually appealing as possible. (If teachers are engaged and stimulated, this then will transcend into their lesson planning and execution.) I will need to transport images from Fireworks to Dreamweaver.  Such sites as Fireworks Guru Forum, will hopefully assist me in my endeavours.

I will also need to make sure that the information on the site is fairly streamlined and easy to use and understand.

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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Week By Week Reflections

 

I’ll tell you a story about storyboards….WK 6

 

 

Storyboards are an essential component of a well oiled and attention grabbing blog.  When the idea or need for a website is born, there is a

n immense amount of planning involved in bringing it to life.  The designer needs to examine the users, the objectives and gather relevant information to ascertain what is needed.

The planning is then used as the backdrop for the storyboard.  The storyboard enables the designer to examine the working mechanisms of the proposed site .  It is a quick, yet effective way of determining that the website will achieve its desired outcomes.

The designer can simply and quickly change necessary elements of the design.  It provides a visual overview and makes it possible to view in a non linear fashion.  It can also be used as a template for the end result.  It is possible to interact with the board and ascertain its effectiveness.  The designer is able to get a potential user to walk through the structure, testing for ease of use, conveyance of the desired information and achievable outcomes.  A website needs to attract potential clients quickly and the storyboard provides an ideal way of checking that this will occur.

It also enables the designer to make sure that common themes, such as contact details appear on parent and child pages.  The logo, images and text can be viewed with the end result in mind.  Again, these components can quickly be changed or altered for successful publication.

The storyboard can be constructed with paper and pens or organised in such programs as Microsoft word.  Either way, it is an essential component needed to produce the best possible outcome, reach target audiences and ultimately attract desired users to your site.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Week By Week Reflections

 

Week 5…… Personas.

This week I will reflect on the use of personas, during the construction stage of the web page.

I do think they are an important component of the design process.  The articles that I read, point out that personas are an excellent tool in design, however they must be addressed in the right way.

The amount of personas needed in helping create a well oiled design, needs to be considered.   Too many personas can leed to confusion and poor design.   They must be created with a specific purpose in mind.  In most cases this is to sell a product and to create a page that is simple to navigate and one that will provide the user with the necessary tools required.

The best personas to use may not always be the most obvious.   Sometimes a persona may not be based around frequent users or purchasers of a product.  Often they already have the necessary skills to navigate the site quickly and competently.  It may be better to create a persona around a person that has no prior experience with the product.  With such a person in mind, the designers are forced to simplify and create a more user-friendly site.

A good persona will look at the person and what they do on a day-to-day basis.   It will also examine how they may feel whilst interacting with the site.   Will they feel inept?  Does the site scaffold their learning gaps?

Market segmentation coexists with personas.  Such segmentation explores the attitudes and spending trends of potential users.  This is distinctively different to personas.  They focus on percentages of people and for example, how they spend, rather that specifics and how a site can be designed to assist.  Segmentation is a helpful marketing tool, that helps shed light on to specific demographics.  Personas, however, help designers to create context specific web designs.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in Week By Week Reflections