Mary Dennis Kanopel
Smart! Multimedia was asked to participate in a partnership
with Eastern High School to develop a web site for Floyds Fork.
The students had previously entered all the data from the management
plan and had even created sample front and category pages. After
several meetings with the students and the other participating
interests( Jefferson County Dept. of Planning and Environmental
Management, Blackacre Nature Preserve, MSD LOJIC, Russ Barker)
the complexity of this multifaceted website was realized, there
was a wide range of current and future user groups, there was
a huge database to organize, and there were a number of separate
goals to be attained.
Smart! determined that the first
place to start was to plan the information structure. This was
attained by forming discussion groups with the participants and
creators. At this point in time more comprehensive and appropriate
solutions were arrived at. Thematic options were addressed
and a mini -program where each student would design his or her
own web page was developed. This process not only revealed each
individual's strengths and weaknesses (this is an extraordinarily
talented group with many strengths) but it also developed an
appreciation of design as an element, a communication component
and at times, a collaborative effort.
This has been an exciting partnership
to be involved with.
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