The users of my final project will be students from grades 4-12 and adult instructors.  The majority of the students are advanced readers.  Students begin our program with a wide range of manipulative building skills.  Both students and instructors will need to become familiar with different ways the fischertechnik parts they will use for building robots can connect.  This graphic is intended to provide an overview of the most common connectors used in our lab.  While being introduced to the parts, instructors show students how the connectors work and allow them a chance to try it on their own.

I decided to use vertical alignment to make the heading of the image stand out more so students would know what they are looking at.  I placed the three connectors in order from left to right of how common they are amongst the parts in our lab.  The pin and groove method is the most common.  Lohr (2008) shared that elements on the left side of a plane have the status of before and images on the right have the status of after or secondary (p. 128).  Although all three connectors are important, some are used a lot more than others and students need to become familiar with them in that order.    

I had a friend look at my instructional message.  We discussed use of straight lines versus arrows to show the connection between the heading and the three connector boxes.  We decided that the straight lines allowed for flow from the heading to the parts and also from the parts to the heading.  Due to that decision, my friend suggested that I make the box around the heading bolder so it draws more attention when the entire image is first seen.  According to Lohr, “Aside from using alignment, hierarchy is perceived through color and size.  Images that are brighter or darker are often perceived as more important, dominant, or superordinate” (p. 133).   

Lohr, L. (2008). Creating graphics for learning and performance (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.


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