I'd argue for a somewhat different approach to achieving the same goals. Instead of introducing yet another modal dialog, why not eliminate the list view and replace it with the star function in the Journal itself. Any object that is starred will show up on the Home View. (Ideally, there would be multiple stars corresponding to multiple Home Views, e.g., one for school, one for home...)
Features of this approach:
- No confusing list view
- Media objects in list view
- Utilization of star in Journal view which currently does nothing
- Reutilization of current Journal filters
--Walter 16:39, 20 July 2010 (EDT)
Home views as Journal favorites views
I imagine the Home view becoming tightly integrated with the Journal through the Journal favorites as Walter suggests.
The 'List' Home view should be replaced by a Journal icon that would take the learner to an "un-favorited" filter in the Journal view of the currently-selected Home group. Where "Home group" would be the alternate views such as, School, Games, Music, Photos, etc., created by new Journal tagging features. (The default Home view, would continue to be the favorite list of installed Activities.)
A sub-row of Home group icons (which would instantly reveal on hover) would be provided on the Home view Frame button palette to allow the learner to jump to alternate Favorite views. The Favorites Home view button would gain the same sub-row palette, and the alternate view patterns would be a sub-palette that would reveal only on a persistent hover or right-mouse button click.
To complement the easy Journal access from the Home view, we should provide a direct Home view button on the Journal toolbar—the Journal Favorites view (aka, Home view). To conserve the valuable toolbar space, this should qualify for one of the corner positions. (Are we reserving the corners for alert beacons or what?)
--FGrose 16:33, 21 July 2010 (EDT)
(Ab)using the Journal for stuff that the user didn't do, create, or access
Both of these comments break a pretty core concept of the current journal design, in my opinion.