Design. I could sit here and tweak the design of my blog all day.
But of course, I can't and I won't. I will leave it as a work in progress.
The changes I have made so far are mostly based on micro content and chunking, which you can read more about in Cynthia Mariankos' article "How we read online (and 6 skills every web writer needs to master)."
First I made a smaller header. The only visual you could see when entering my website was the title and the colorful background. Now is a simple black, but you can also see that there is more things below. First up being a video to showcase how I run my classroom with the studio model.
The next major change was taking apart my introduction paragraph and turning it into pointed bullet marks. This has simplified a lot on my homepage.
Some things I still want to change:
Some big inspirations in the EdTech design world are Tanya LeClair and Keri-Lee Beasley. Their resources are awesome to use with students, and are great, simple reminders for educators as well.
This CARP playlist from Keri-Lee is one of my favourite resources to use with students. It is so simple and easy to use.
Tanya's ISTE posters are a great example of design principles in practice. Of course they are also a student friendly version of each ISTE standard. They are available fordownload here.
9/12/2020 10:19:58 am
Ahhh, thank you so much, Cindy. Glad the playlist has been useful. It’s always good to reflect on your work with the audience in mind. Thanks again!
9/13/2020 06:52:11 am
Hi Cindy! I really like your re-design. I always love a more simple, clean look. It makes everything easy to see and find.
9/14/2020 06:26:39 pm
Hi Cindy! Your redesign is really clean and fresh looking. De-cluttering (and applying some CARP) is really helpful to get the most important information out to your audience, and this really works. Thanks for the resources that you share too.
I had a chance to take a workshop with Tanya last year and would also describe her work as inspirational. Look up Sonya terBorg on twiiter, she is also fantastic with her infographics. Looks like we're on the same boat with the menu thing -- I flat out want to get rid of mine. I wish there were more extensive insights on readers.
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