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The work of the LAO Phase 6 team is located below.

Summer Phase:

Although the Spring 2003 semester is over, we are continuing to document and post redesign, minutes, and other information:

Minutes 5-28-03
Minutes 6-4-03

Minutes 6-11-03

Read from the Web Redesigns

Presentations:

Final Presentation was given by LAO Phase 6 on May 14, 2003.

Karen and Marcella presented the interim team update to the other immersion groups April 14, 2003.

Meeting Agendas:

Agenda Template

Past Phases' Project Sites:

Phase 1 & 2 (Spring - Fall 1999)
Phase 3 (Spring 2000)
Phase 4 (Fall 2000)
Phase 5 (Spring 2002)

LAO database current structure of the database used to organize information on the site

Performance Analysis:

Marcella's document is a suggested starting point that helps clarify what we "know" and what we "know we don't know".

Our Briefing Report (Appendix A) is a combined performance and needs analysis, describing not only the status of the site's navigability and accessibility, but the initial research the Phase 6 Team has conducted regarding the inclusion of some kind of testing methodology, 508 gaps to be addressed and other future areas to be analyzed or evaluated.

Personas:

The four personas used for all design work this semester may be found here.

Usability Testing:

Steve located a few good usability testing URLs and presentations for the team to review:

Peter sent out the last version of the usability testing plan with addenda on February 27th, 2003.

Usability Final Report

Rob conducted a small usability test in early April to focus specifically on Read from the Web utilitizing 4 subject matter experts. Directions, activities and follow-up questions were given to each SME. The Read from the Web usability test results show how each SME (indicated by a number in the order which they tested within a set brackets) considered the various tools and tips to be helpful or not to a parent and student dyad.

Design:

Peter collected the URLs for the previous LAO Phases' flowcharts and placed them in a Word document before sending them to the team on February 21st, 2003.

Site Redesign/Design Sub-Teams Concept Map -- An original concept map created by Marcella Simon...our team improved upon it on March 19, 2003, adding our names to our respective areas of redesign/design concentration. This concept map represents our general team plan for the redesign/design of the LAO site.

Site Entry Redesign Sub-Team Update Presentation for March 25th, 2003 -- A summary of the sub-team's efforts as of March 25th, 2003. Elements created by Marcella Simon and Lisa J. Stedge, with a webpage link by Peter Huffer.

Site Entry Redesign Sub-Team for March 25th, 2003 -- A presentation and a proposed redesign link. Both created by Peter Huffer.

The LAO Help document contains a listing of the help features that exist on the site as documented by Karen on March 27th, 2003. At this point Karen was struggling with the best way to organize the information into some kind of categorization/organization.

Steve sent his proposed re-design of the StoryBuilder flow.

Peter sent out a document that collects reasons to not include pop-ups in our design ideas

The "Little Guy" image -- The image of the Little Guy (AKA: the Help Dude) who is featured throughout the site.

Site Entry Redesign Sub-Team Update Presentation for April 1, 2003 -- A
summary of the sub-team's efforts as of April 1st, 2003. Elements created
and edited by Marcella Simon and Lisa J. Stedge.

Site Entry Redesign Sub-Team Update Presentation for April 8, 2003 -- A
summary of the sub-team's efforts as of April 8th, 2003, including
discussion points for a meeting between Lisa J. Stedge and Seunghun Ok held
on the same day. Elements created and edited by Marcella Simon and Lisa J.
Stedge.

Karen sent out her redesign of the site's help information outline.

Peter sent an email on April 8th, 2003 with a link to Jacob Nielson's website regarding alternative interfaces for accessibility.

A brief re-outlining and re-emphasizing of Literacy Explorer and Read from the Web of the reading process that LAO seems to be trying to utilize, as evidenced by the navigation bar (pre-reading, reading, post-reading) and some "Things to Consider" by Liz, sent to the subteams on April 11th, 2003.

Site Entry Redesign Sub-Team Update Presentation for April 15, 2003 -- A
summary of the sub-team's efforts as of April 15th, 2003, including a
discussion of the design of "the bottom bar" and a list of the latest
recommendations. Elements created and edited by Marcella Simon and Lisa J.
Stedge.

Site Entry Redesign Sub-Team Interim Work Toward Presentation for April 15,
2003
-- Working storyboards, including various version designs of possible
Welcome Pages, Registration Pages, and Contact Us Pages by Lisa J. Stedge.
File contains elements created and edited by both Marcella Simon and Lisa J.
Stedge.

Site Entry Redesign Sub-Team Update Presentation Intended for April 22,
2003
-- A summary of the sub-team's efforts as of April 22nd, 2003.
Elements initially created by Marcella Simon and Lisa J. Stedge.

Site Entry Redesign Sub-Team Work as of April 23, 2003 -- A summary of the
sub-team's efforts as of April 23rd, 2003, including a list of the latest
recommendation
s. Original elements created and edited by Marcella Simon and
Lisa J. Stedge.

Pete sent his initial drafts of the assessment features to the team on April 29th, 2003 to be included in the Innovations 2003 fair display posters. The items he sent include:

Steve sent out a link to the beginning of the StoryBuilder as he has redesigned it on April 29th, 2003.

Steve redesigned the Story Bank/Story Select area where dyads will be able to review the storys that come on the site as well as the ones they created. This link was sent out on April 29th, 2003.

Karen presented the latest help version on April 29th.

Pete sent out a chart that describes the links to where the assessment information will go and what other pages will need to be linked to it on April 30th, 2003. His design affects the homepage, help, search, and navigation bar redesign.

Steve introduced the idea of creating our Final Presentation using StoryBuilder as a theme. He sent out a StoryBuilder Master Slide in PowerPoint on May 6th, 2003 for us to use.

Lisa and Marcella worked to create a new secondary page design for the LAO site that would take up less space because the header has been removed. The template was sent out to the team on May 7th, 2003.

Site Tour redesign has been proposed by Karen.

Entry Redesign Sub-Team Final Plans -- A link to all of the sub-team's final
plans, including: General Entry and LAO Site Recommendations; Storyboards
and Process Flows; and five Mock HTML Page examples with notes embedded
within the HTML code for future designers and programmers. Elements
initially created and edited by Marcella Simon and Lisa J. Stedge.

Lisa created two mock graphics for use in storyboards and mock HTML pages for our final presentation. Both attachments "look" the same, but one is a GIF banner image file, while the
other is a PNG banner image file. These were sent to the team on May 10th, 2003.

Lisa and Marcella sent this drafted a couple of designs for the homepage and secondary pages for the team to review and for use in the final presentation.

Brainstorms and Other Ideas:

Building LAO as a Successful Community -- brainstorming notes by Lisa J. Stedge

Liz located an online writing test that Peter investigates for incorporation into the LAO site.

 

Cherie Takemoto, Executive Director of PEATC, forwarded on this article called "At the Turning Point: The Young Adolescent Learner":
Young adolescents -- children between the ages of ten and fourteen -- are at a critical stage of intellectual development. Research suggests that during these years, students either commit to lifelong learning or lose interest in school altogether. Turning Points believes that middle schools
are the critical bridge between childhood and a successful adulthood, and challenges middle schools to meet the unique needs of young adolescents in order to prepare students for future success. Yet most middle-level educators are not well prepared or specially trained to teach this age group. Most states do not require middle grades licensure or certification and as a result, high-quality middle grade teacher preparation has not been widely available. http://www.turningpts.org/

 

 
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