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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

Addition - Count on 1 and 2

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Brian Walker (Teacher (K-12)), Dec 11, 2011
Comment:

This StAIR for young students (grades 1-2?) is a nicely done presentation with content that, though I’m not an expert on elementary math curriculums, appears to be very age/grade level appropriate.

The appearance of the presentation (graphics, font, color scheme, slide layouts, etc) is easy to view, read and is pleasing to the eye. The use of animation and sound effects, though not present on every slide, helps add a little excitement to the presentation that might help some students stay focused on the questions they are being asked and are expected to answer.

Some areas for improvement of this tool might be to make sure that there is audio and/or animation on all slides that are intended to give feedback to the student who is navigating his or her way through it. Also, it might be helpful to add some kind of text to speech features so that students can not only see/read the information on the screen but hear it as well. Lastly, it wasn’t entirely clear to me at first that clicking in any specific area on the screen on the first few slides would reveal a number sentence (I’m referring to the “Count on 1/2. Write the sum” slides). I just happened to click on an empty area of the slide and then it appeared. It might be useful to make sure that the students are aware that a deliberate action on their part will make this happen. I, too, created a StAIR for grades 1-2 using Power Point. At this point in time I’ve not tested it with actual students so I’m not entirely sure how well it will work with young people. After consulting with my school’s media specialist, I learned that it might be somewhat challenging for young students to navigate through such a presentation. I think that when I actually use mine in a classroom setting, I might guide them through it the first time around. This would technically not make it a StAIR since I’d still be guiding the students as they navigate through it the first time. However, once I’ve taught them how to use it they’ll have better success with it and if I used the same or similar format with other StAIRS that I may create for other areas of my curriculum they’d be more successful navigating through those as well. You might find it beneficial to take a similar approach when using this presentation in an actual classroom setting.

Technical Remarks:

Some slides have no sound effects where maybe there should be.

Time spent reviewing site: 45 minutes.