This site contains one of nine modules that together comprise an online course titled "Students at Risk: Assessment and Intervention."
The purpose of this activity is to help students (preservice and inservice teachers) construct categories that are personally meaningful so that they can remember the contents of the categories. By having students work in groups, the processing is deeper and more thoughtful than working as individuals hopefully making the memories more durable. (paraphrased from author's words)I wonder if the author really intended this to be the learning goal? I view the importance of this site as its potential for motivating teachers to confront issues relevant to at-risk adolescents. I think it's more about learning to help at-risk students, than it is about learning to categorize information so that students can remember the contents of different categories.
Target Student Population:
Students in a graduate-level education course
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None that I found
Type of Material:
As a secondary resource for studying about "at risk" adolescents.
Flash 5.0, RealPlayer (free download).
Evaluation and Observation
Web pages and streaming presentation pages look good. The topic is an extremely important topic. Good that the instructor is having the students (groups) submit reactions to a specific discussion topic.
p. 8 of 54: More effective if a balanced presentation would be given?not just Christian solution. Or, up front tell the user that Seattle Pacific University was founded by "Free Methodist pioneers. SPU is a comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions."
"While it isn?t as effective as prevention, it is immoral to allow a negative condition to exist if we perceive it, and can do something to fix it." Seems a bit simplistic to this reader.
It's not clear to this reader what the criteria for evaluating each group's response to the discussion topic are.There would be even greater benefit if groups asynchronously submitted their responses?and groups reacted to the inputs of other groups in the class.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The author organized the points of the lesson well.
Format change for page 9 of 54? Two bullets popped up: ? Find the root cause ? Help deal with consequences
Before that, it was one bullet at a time? I wasn't clear about what the author wanted the reader to know about helping to deal with consequences?
Some notes on sentence structure: ? "?they are a victim?" ? pollyannaish ? given ,and (space) ? this ?going on? ? ? many conditions which largely reside within an individual and can place them at risk
(There were more.) I recommend the author use a spell/grammar-checker.
References? I was looking for references. There were citations,
but I was unable to find the actual references.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to use. I used Internet Explorer 5.5.Very "clean" presentation; e.g., no distractions from sloppy graphics.Audio is clear. Enunciation is good. Timing (speech) is well paced. Streaming Presentation was effective. Good that the instructor is having the students (groups) submit reactions to a specific discussion topic.
An error has occurred while trying to access this URL. Please click here or your browser's "back" button. For more detailed error information, please scroll down. The reason for this problem: The code on the page at http://www.spu.edu/online/kline/EDCO6676/ is: (requires free href="www.real.com">realplayerThat's a relative reference. Replace "www.real.com" with "http://www.real.com"(Note: The author used the correct code for the Flash download.)Page 53 of 54: What happened to the quality of the audio? It should be re-recorded and digitized.On that same page, the graphic is a bit blurry. Perhaps the resolution isn't high enough?
NOTE: I ran a Bobby check (http://bobby.watchfire.com/bobby/html/en/index.jsp) and the page didn't pass. [I don't know of many pages that pass the Bobby check.]
Flash: The movie was a bit jumpy. I don't think the Flash movie added anything to the overall presentation. I think it detracted from the quality of the streaming presentation.