Thirteen Colonies Stand Alone Kiosk
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Deborah Johnson (Teacher (K-12))
You had a very informative StAIR about the thirteen colonies! I noticed that for some of the slides, you not only provided the students with information but also added music in the background to reflect the topic. For instance, when talking about fishing and shipbuilding, you provided students with background music that sounded like ships. The noise in addition to the text helped provide a clear visual for students to understand and relate to the information being provided.
A suggestion that I might add to your StAIR would be to use animations to present the material in smaller chunks. There was a lot of information being shared with the students on one slide. This was okay because it was by topic, but perhaps having the information presented piece by piece would make it feel less overwhelming for a struggling student, particularly students who might struggle in reading. Having the focused entrance of sets of information, rather than an entire slide full, would be a way of differentiating for students.
Another way to spice up the UDL of your StAIR might be to add some varying ways of presenting the information. Perhaps there are some interesting videos that you could incorporate into the resource or perhaps you could provide links for students to outside resources. The information you provided was great, just maybe altering how it is presented could help reach all learners (auditory, visual, etc.). I think it would keep students very engaged.
Overall, you had an excellent resource here for students. The StAIR provided students will all of the necessary main ideas for the colonies. It was easy to tell that you divided the resource into three sections. Students could easily “start over” within each section if they didn’t feel that they understood that topic enough. Good job!
Some of the animations would grow for the effect. When this happened, the picture actually started to cover some of the information that was being presented to the students. It also looked like some of the sound effects might not have been working. This might have been because of the version of PowerPoint I have. Other than that, all of the links took you to the desired location. Good job!
Lindsay Sanders (Teacher (K-12))
This resource features a great amount information about the thirteen original colonies of the United States of America. The StAIR is broken into three subgroups: northern, middle, and southern colonies. Each of the subgroups features location, terrain, weather, resources, and other notable facts of the area. At the end of each subgroup, two questions are answered. The nice thing about this part of the resource is that if a question is answered incorrectly, the user will be directed back to the part of the lesson where the answer could be found. The only suggestions I have for this resource would be to add back buttons in the lesson, so that users could review before answering the questions. Also, adding an introduction and objectives to the beginning might be helpful for teachers to determine if they can use this resource in their classrooms. Lastly, adding some differentiation in your resource would help all students learn the material. Overall, the navigation, transitions, animations, and sounds were engaging to users and will be a great resource for a history class.
All buttons worked to navigate through the StAIR.
Kevin Karkkainen (Teacher (K-12))
I thought you did a great job putting this STAIR together. The content was spot on and the questions were appropriate for assessing student learning. The layout of your slides were great too. I really liked the theme of thre PPS. The only suggestion I would make is to spread out the information over a few more slides. That's a minor point that doesn't detract from the overall effectivness of this STAIR.