When I first learned that we needed to create a logo for our website, I worried a bit because I am not an artist. After I talked myself into thinking about the design a bit, I had to take it once step at a time. The first step was to figure out what I wanted in my logo. What did my research represent? That is when I realized I wanted 3 things in my logo...a heart, a computer and the words "digital citizenship and SEL".
Next, once I knew what I wanted to include, I got to work sketching out a design. Below, on the far left, you will see my first design in this process. I drew a laptop because all students started this year online. I also wanted the laptop because my research is designed around digital citizenship. Therefore the message of being online is important.
Afterwards, I wanted to emphasize the importance of social-emotional learning within my research. Therefore I thought it was youthful to add the SEL with the "S" being a heart from the word "citizenship".
Finally, I obviously used red for the heart within the SEL. I like how blue stood out so I chose blue for citizenship. However, once I put it all together, I realized it was red, white and blue (as you can see in the digital version - middle picture). I realized that the patriotic colors may just work because my research is about citizenship but the feedback from my peers suggested otherwise. Therefore, I started over.
I continued with the heart idea. I used logomaker.com and it produced two colorful hands with a heart in the middle. This reminded my off how my 3rd grade students make a heart with their hands to represent "love". I was sold on this image. However, I still wanted to be sure I used a laptop. So, I placed the image from logomaker.com into a laptop image that I found online and viola! My logo was created (far right picture).
The acronym SITE model stands for:
These sub-contexts are interweaved with how students learn in the educational system we call "school". Once a teacher understands how these sub-contexts are interweaved for students to learn best, they can design effective and efficient "real world" lessons for the best possible results for students to learn.
For more information, please click on the download file under the image below and visit this SITE Model article with case study descriptions: