Solution4:09 with Megan Amendola
Here's one solution to the sitemap challenge. See how it differed from your own and hear the thought process behind the structure.
How did it go? 0:00 Were you able to tackle the sitemap challenge? 0:01 I'll walk you through the process I went through to create my sitemap diagram. 0:04 It will probably be different than yours, and that's okay. 0:08 First, I researched a few elementary school websites to see what features and 0:12 pages they had in common, while keeping our persona thandy in mind. 0:18 I listed them out in this doc to keep track. 0:23 I thought things like the calendar, staff list, student handbook, 0:26 and more, would all be necessary for Northeast Elementary's website. 0:31 Next, I added any additional features or 0:37 pages I thought the audience might want on this website to my list, 0:40 like photos and videos and donations. 0:46 Now with everything listed out, I'm going to organize the pages and 0:49 features into logical groupings to create my site map. 0:54 There are many great tools out there to create a sitemap diagram, so 0:57 feel free to use a diagramming tool of your choice, or even a design tool. 1:02 I'll add a link to draw.io, 1:07 which is the one I am using in the teachers notes below. 1:09 First, I'm going to add each item to its own box. 1:13 Then I'm going to organize them into groups that makes sense. 1:18 Side note, a great way to do this is to have users do the card sort to 1:22 see the organization that makes the most sense to them. 1:27 But you can also do it yourself and then test it with users afterward too. 1:31 Let's get to organizing. 1:37 The first group I am seeing is an about group, 1:39 where users would find out information about the school. 1:42 I'm grouping the mission statement, 1:50 Staff list, News, 1:55 Contact information, And directions to this group. 2:03 The second group I'm going to call families. 2:19 This is the information parents and guardians will want to access 2:22 Here, I placed the school calendar, 2:38 Lunch schedule, Lunch fees, 2:43 Volunteering, PTA, the Parent Teacher Association, 2:50 Donations, And the student handbook. 3:00 The third group is the academics group. 3:08 Programs vary from school to school, so 3:11 I just grouped an item called programs here as a place holder, 3:14 and I also added photos and videos. 3:20 I think users would like to see the programs and not just read about them. 3:23 The final group is called activities. 3:27 I added sports and clubs here, and 3:32 I also added photos and videos again. 3:37 Seeing all the different activities available would be great for adults and 3:41 for the students. 3:46 Let's put these together into a sitemap. 3:47 And here's the final diagram. 3:51 Having the layout for the overall site now lets me focus on designing 3:53 individual pages and common features. 3:58 This will also help the team or 4:01 client better understand the scope of the project. 4:03 Nice job designers. 4:07
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