Optional Accessories for the iPad

Optional Accessories for the i

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Users: Workshop participants include university faculty and professional staff with little to no familiarity with an iPad. Users may have used other mobile devices like phones, e-readers or tablets in the past. Reading level and diagram reading skills should be ranked as high.

Solution: This graphic was created to be used in a class discussion regarding optional accessories for the iPad. Workshop participants will use this grid to help create an informational sheet about accessories they might like to use with their device. In creating the graphic, I selected colors that were of similar hues and saturation and a mix of primary and secondary colors (p. 264, p. 271). I selected white for the text and icons inside each box to maximize contrast and legibility. Eventually, a guide for third-party accessories may be created by the instructor for this course and she would use the colors portrayed here to categorize and highlight different items.

User-Test: After having a friend review the graphic, he shared that he enjoyed the simplistic design of this graphic. One piece of feedback he provided was  to consider making the text in each box a bit larger and change it to bold.

Changes I’ll Make: The idea to increase the legibility of the text will help to improve legibility and is something I’ll add in my next rendition of the graphic.

10 Best Classroom Apps

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Users: Workshop participants include university faculty and professional staff with little to no familiarity with an iPad. Users may have used other mobile devices like phones, e-readers or tablets in the past. Reading level and diagram reading skills should be ranked as high.

Solution: This graphic was created to for a discussion activity on apps for use with students. Participants will download each of the listed apps and then practice using them within their group. At the end of the activity, each participant will create a learning activity that incorporates at least 2-3 of the apps on this list. I wanted to create a sheet that would serve as an easy to use reference, so I incorporated the concepts of alignment (all text and icons are aligned) and repetition (the same format is used for each app.)

User-Test: After having a friend review the graphic, she said that she liked being seeing the app icon because it will make it easier for the user to find. One suggestion she had was to make the icons hyperlinks so that users will be able to click-through to download the app.

Changes I’ll Make: I like the suggestion from my friend to make it easy to download the apps, so I will add this element. Also, I will consider making more top 10 lists in the future (like Best Apps for Photography and Best Apps for Productivity) and will maintain this format.