Whiteboard engaged ADDO in a project to plan, design, develop, and deploy a web application to support the in-classroom and out-of-classroom experiences for Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. The application serves as the central hub of content distribution and communication between the ADDO administrative team and the volunteer teachers and students at participating schools.
The project started with consultation on the social and technological implications of the application itself. Whiteboard sat across the table from ADDO and asked questions like, “of all of the students who are in the program, how many will have smart phones?” and “is it wise to allow students to see each others’ progress? What about letting students from different schools communicate?”
Perhaps the most important revelation in the early stages was the definition of user scenarios.
On one hand, we have a student who uses the application to re-watch a video and review some curriculum from a past session. On the other hand, we have a teacher who presents the curriculum in a live classroom environment. The application should support both, and do it with the same level of excellence in each scenario.
From these initial planning, consulting, and discovery meetings, we synthesized the needs of the ADDO team into actionable features, and went to work designing and developing the application. With Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, design and development happened simultaneously. In-browser prototyping and multiple iterations allowed the application to naturally adapt to the needs presented to us by ADDO.
Along the way, both ADDO and the development team at Whiteboard uncovered new needs and buried what turned out to be unnecessary features.