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In an effort to reduce the number of students who lose their work in the computer lab, due to not reading or responding appropriately to dialogue boxes, I have created a StAIR (Stand Alone Instructional Resource). This StAIR is a PowerPoint slide show saved in Kiosk mode, which poses realistic situations to students involving...
In an effort to reduce the number of students who lose their work in the computer lab, due to not reading or responding appropriately to dialogue boxes, I have created a StAIR (Stand Alone Instructional Resource). This StAIR is a PowerPoint slide show saved in Kiosk mode, which poses realistic situations to students involving dialogue boxes, and allows students to interact with the resource as well as gain immediate feedback.
Students individually navigate through the StAIR, which includes a description of each situation, screen shots of the dialogue boxes, and questions regarding how a student should respond to the dialogue box and/or why a situation occurred. Students respond to the questions posed by clicking on one of several choices. Each choice, when clicked on, links to a specific slide which informs the student if he or she is correct (with an explanation), or incorrect. If incorrect, a student is given a hint, along with an action button to click on to go back to the original question for a second try. This StAIR covers 4 common scenarios. I hope to eventually add more.
As an elementary school computer teacher, I witness students not taking time to read and/or think about dialogue boxes quite often. The most common consequences are that students either inadvertently don’t save the changes to a file, or they replace a file that already exists with a blank file. This happens on a weekly, and occasionally daily, basis.
The intended audience is my 3rd and 4th grade students. However, the StAIR can easily be used with older students, and might also be successfully used with younger students in a full-group setting, depending on their prior knowledge of the scenarios.
Nice topic. Think before you click. This should help you out when you are teaching so you are not stuck with students loosing their work. I really like the fact that even if you get an answer right the program explains why you got it right. I also like the hints and clues you give students who get the question wrong. I like how you explain how each incorrect answer specifically is incorrect instead of just saying “Wrong” and sending the student back. The only suggestion I would make would be to make the questions shorter. It seemed like a lot to read on one slide. I like the screenshot pictures though.
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I really like this concept because I am constantly answering questions about how to save and helping, freaked out students that do not know where their work went. With this activity students are able to see examples without making changes to their own file. Depending on what age group this is being used with, a reduction in the amount of text on a page might be helpful, if it is used with older students it would work just fine. To help make it more accessible to students with learning differences an audio recording could be added that allows students to have the opportunity for a text to talk feature. Overall I think that this would be a very useful tool to use as a student teaching tool and student refresher.