Fun with Fonts!

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We are a Moodle school and so my goal with this week’s  is to jazz up my 10th grade Moodle page, with the hopes of scoring some artistic points from my students. Based on this week’s readings, it seems that a major part of designing a webpage (or, in this case, a Moodle page) is in breaking “down that raw information into delicious little chunks of visually relevant information that are easy on the eyes, and more importantly, effective at communicating the message behind a webpage.” I love the idea of delivering what can sometimes be boring content in “delicious little chunks” and have tried to convey this very message to my students about their own blogs. In fact, I’ve decided to have my students read a couple of the articles to add to their own digital literacy, namely “Understanding Visual Hierarchy in Web Design” & “Lazy Eyes“. 

With my own Moodle page, I’ve decided to show a “Before” & “After” screen shot. The before screen shot is from a unit a couple of months ago. I do think the information is delivered in a fairly succinct format, but there are limited attempts to achieve the concepts touted in the “Visual Hierarchy” article.

Before…

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After…

Screen Shot 2016-02-14 at 10.28.38 AM

With this lesson, I purposefully included multiple forms of media, font colors, font sizes, hyper links and succinct directions. The result? Student engagement did not appear to be affected, but perhaps my teenagers are offering subconscious affirmation for my attempts to engage them on the hierarchy of visual aids. One thing I will for sure do with my Moodle page is to continue to practice what I preach!

One Reply to “Fun with Fonts!”

  1. I absolutely adore this line Miriam – “delicious little chunks of visually relevant information……”

    Thanks for sharing your before and after shots – excellent visuals to support what you’ve been talking about!
    I’m thinking that you didn’t say anything to your students and waited to see if they reacted in any way to the new set-out of the moodle page. That makes me curious to know what they would say if you asked them about it.

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