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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

Stair Project: Earth's Position

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Alicia Truitt (Teacher (K-12)), Aug 16, 2012
Comment:

 

It is a great tool for 3rd graders to learn about Earth and its place in space, as the title cleverly suggests.  There are a lot of pictures and appropriate videos that are appealing to younger learners.  It is elementary friendly and broken down into segments.  This resource starts off with easy questions and then moves to harder concepts.  It is scaffolded in a logical order.  After each concept, there are a series of questions to quiz the students over each concept.  It would be nice for students who don’t do well on the questions, to have a link to go back to the video to review.  Overall, this presentation is a great tool to use after discussing the concept in class.  It is ideal for reinforcing previously learned material in a new way. 

Technical Remarks:

This presentation was easy to use and watch.  The links to each slide are easily found and utilized, but it would be better to save this presentation as a .pps instead of .pptx so students are not able to edit the slides.

The presentation is presented in many different formats for varied learners.  Questions are available in audio as well as text.  There are also great graphics, pictures, and videos to present the concept.  It would be nice to see an interactive map where students have to identify Earth and/or surrounding planets by clicking on the planets.  This would help to address the kinesthetic and visual learners.  When clicked, a recording of the planet’s name could be prompted as well to address kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learners! There are many great extras in this presentation that will make it more meaningful and fun for the students!

Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 20 minutes looking through the presentation, watching the videos and perusing the links on the second to last slide.