Science Journal is a digital notebook app that measures and records data in real time. Middle and high school classrooms are incorporating the app into their science experiments to help make learning an engaging, interactive experience.
Inspire & empower
The creators of Google Science Journal set out to revitalize how teachers and their students approach hands-on scientific learning. To assist in launching the app, they tasked LFL with building a site that would highlight the app’s myriad features while providing inspiration for teachers and parents through lesson plans and activities.
Expanding horizons, with ease
Science Journal is an interactive instructional app that transforms the student’s mobile phone into a scientific recorder—capturing light, sound, movement, barometric pressure, and acceleration data. To convey its versatility and effectiveness as a learning tool, the Science Journal team needed a website that showcases the app’s various capabilities and provides educators with a repository of experiments that they can use in the classroom.
What makes Science Journal revolutionary is not just the horizons it expands for student learning, but the ways that it streamlines and enhances instructor curriculum. We needed to convey the app’s extensive range of classroom uses, without obscuring the simplicity of implementing it as a teaching tool.
Our work began with a discovery phase, which included auditing site architecture and content. Our goal was to create a website that expanded on the app’s playful and inviting design style, while communicating function and ease of use succinctly, and visualizing these aspects for at-a-glance understanding.
The finished site brings this goal to fruition. Visitors are greeted with an invitation to download the app and browse the library of available experiments, each one noted with the estimated time needed for completion. Further in, instructors are guided through the steps of incorporating Science Journal into the classroom. And finally, the site offers developers access to the open-source code, to create additional innovative ways to use Science Journal.
Science Journal has an exciting opportunity to push the boundaries in the classroom and help students learn in a new way that wasn’t previously possible. Engaging teachers in our research helped us shape recommendations that they could use.
-Audrey Baechle, Senior User Experience Designer,
Left Field Labs
Refining the experience
Following completion of the site, Science Journal partnered with LFL again to identify the content types that are successful for experimentation and learning in the classroom. We performed qualitative research by interviewing and surveying teachers about their experiences. We then synthesized our findings to provide content recommendations to the Science Journal team, as well as suggested improvements to their current user experience.
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