(The logo is currently FPO. Vector hat supplied by Fuctastic).
This is an application interface I conceived of and designed to facilitate and organize classroom discussion using a smart board. Each discussion is composed of an infinite amount of ideas that are entered into a database, which are sorted in any number of categories. For the purpose of this prototype I have used Dr. Edward de Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats as example categories, although if this application were to ever go to production the teacher in charge of the discussion would enter in their own categories per topic.
To accomplish this the application consists of two screens:
1) The Dashboard
The dashboard screen is the content management system that only the leader of the discussion may use to enter in new ideas and sort them on their own computer that controls the smart board. They can begin by selecting an existing discussion from the list or by entering in a new discussion topic.
After selecting or creating a discussion the leader of the discussion has the opportunity to input new ideas and tag them with appropriate categories by pressing or clicking on the colored circles on the bottom of the text area input box. Hovering over the colored circle tags reveals a tooltip indicating which category it is.
The dashboard also features a menu to select how the display should be viewed (Views) and options to save out or import a discussion.
Clicking on the delete button on each list item will delete the respective discussion entirely.
2) The Display
The display screen is where ideas can be viewed by the all members of the discussion. For the purpose of this prototype only one view is accessible and that’s the full content view. The option of having an additional keyword view (a web displaying only the titles) would be implemented to evaluate the number of ideas and get a more general or overall perspective rather than focusing on details.
The display features a filtration system in which members may use to view specific ideas according to the categories they have been tagged with. The filters first appear in grayscale and only become colored after being clicked. Colored filters indicate which filters are currently being used.
The ideas themselves are given titles and brief explanations if needed. They also display the filters that they have been tagged with, which are indicated by the colored circles on each list item. Dragging a list item into a filter will tag it accordingly while pressing on the colored circles within each list item will remove the associated filter. Pressing the delete button to the left of each list item will delete that particular idea entirely.