Action Research Design
Using Stanford's Design Thinking and the SITE models, I analyzed my students' needs to determine the path for my Action Research.
Description of the Educational Context:
Site Model Description of My Learners' Needs:
Video explaining my Action Research to NapaLearns:
In designing my logo, I envisioned including the following elements:
The phrase "Good Questions Deserve Reliable Answers" speaks to the value I place on students having solid questions that deserve real answers. Yet, when my students conduct research, many struggle to effectively and efficiently find reliable sources in which they can find answers to their questions. The feedback I received about my logo suggested that the word "deserve" could be interpreted too strongly. I agreed and replaced "deserve" with "need." I believe the phrase "Good Questions Need Reliable Answers" gets straight to the point of my action research and capstone project and invites readers to inquire more about my project.
I experimented with various images, color palettes, and four graphic design programs - LogoMaker, LogoMakr, Canva, and Google Drawings. Of course there are different constraints as well as interesting concepts within each program. As I am quite unfamiliar with creating my own digital graphic design, I kept questioning how I could create a logo that would truly be effective. Here are three versions I thought could work:
At the same time I was experimenting with logo design, my husband (Johnathan) kept wanting to jump in and help. He's a very experienced and creative designer, so I knew that if I just let him at it, he'd create something that I would love and would normally pay a graphic designer to do. However, I was determined to try it myself first and see what challenges I would naturally experience. This way, I am better prepared to teach my students how to incorporate digital graphic design into their projects.
Sure enough, I shared my ideas and the feedback from my cohort with Johnathan and then he quickly developed the logo below using Photoshop and Procreate. I love how this logo captures my ideas of students gaining ideas and insights about the world through their own research. The color palette used for the lightbulb and globe match my previous logos, but I really like the brighter purple and green that are specifically meant to catch attention when a person is looking at various logos/images at the same time. The font is intended to be simple and to pull the words and images together.