Ok, so the title is just a hook, I actually disagree with the part about children. Let me explain…
Here, at The National Archives, we’re currently redesigning the Education section of our website, so who better to ask about the new design than the children (and teachers) that will be using it.
Ladened with iPads, laptops, sharpies and lots of post-it notes, a group of us visited two very different schools – Our Lady of Victories, a Catholic primary school in Putney and The City of London independent day school for boys aged 10-18, near Blackfriars.
Being aware of how little time teachers and students can spare, the sessions we carried out took no longer than 30 minutes. We user-tested the younger students in pairs, in case they felt nervous and rather than ask too many formal tasks we had a general chat about how they would use the site, what they liked, disliked and whether the information they found was what they expected.