CARPe DIEM- Seize the Design!
During course one, I had a little go at revamping my blog. I wish I had some screenshots of the very original site, but alas, I did not have that much forethought. These are some screenshots of what my blog looked like at the end of Course 2. Along with my self-reflection.
Contrast- Poor, the images on my posts stand out, but the headers, sidebar, and menu do not have enough contrast.
Repetition- Ok, the site has a certain flow to it, the template enables this.
Alignment- To text heavy! Not enough text features!
Proximity- Could be better. Having two menus is cumbersome and unnecessary.
Contrast- Good! The dark background with makes the information on the page ‘pop’.
Repetition-Good, the site controls most of this, but I could do a better job within my posts.
Alignment-Could use improvement within the posts. Text heavy.
Proximity-Good, there is now one menu bar and the side bar is purposeful and not to0 busy.
I’m pleased with the new layout, but in looking at my final Course 2 post, it’s way too text heavy. In his article, Lazy Eyes- How We Read Online, Michael Agger demonstrates how they key elements to help ensure you grab your reader’s attention and keep them reading. The page is too text heavy, my reader’s eyes will drift before my writing has the chance to bore them.
VOILA! With a few, quick and easy modifications, my reader is more likely to leave my page from DISinterest instead of DIStraction.
If you’re still reading, my new understanding of CARP must be working.
Overall, I think it’s better, but I still have some work to do to make this site my own. I would like to make it more personalized by changing the header to a class picture. I want to use a class photo, but to protect the students’ identity, I am going to have them write their Genius Hour question on a poster and hold the photo in front of their faces. I also have Theme Builder on my blog now and I am excited to see how I can make my site more my style. More to come!
I am really enjoying using Google Classroom this year. My biggest complaint about Classroom is that the author does not have control in how each post looks. The links and attachments are all at the bottom and the font is small, and very ‘high school’ looking. As an elementary teacher, I would love to be able to make the font more kid friendly. Google.. can you hear me?
Some ‘fixes’ I’ve found that work for me, is using Google Slides to house the resources I want to use for the lesson. This gives me control over the design layout of the content and helps keep my students engaged. It also has really helped to flip the classroom, because the students have full access to all of the lesson resources and can preview/review what they want when they want.
Moving forward I would like to introduce CARP to my students and help them learn how to include elements of CARP into their own work. Some upcoming projects include:
- Genius Hour Projects
- Nonfiction articles
- Agents of Cange Exhibition
- Netherlands Museum Walk