Navigating Number Stories StAIR
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Sandy Tam (Faculty)
This presentation is very attractive and colourful and would grab students' attention. It is well thought out and every step has been carefully explained. It has audio and some visual representations so will appeal to students with different learning styles.
I found this activity quite long for 1st or 2nd grade and too much content is covered in one session. This would not be a problem if it could be done in several sessions, however, the presentation has no way that I could see, to fast forward as the forward buttons were timed to appear after the narration. Thus, if a student wished to stop and then resume another time, he would have to go through the presentation and resume where he had left off. Thus to have the forward button available at all times would be useful.
I think the quizes and the responses were great and there was variety and helpful responses, however for some of the language for subtraction and addition it would be useful to have a button that too the students back to the explanation pages to check if they were not sure.
Everythng worked and I thought it was great! It was easy to use.
Sandra Toth (Teacher (K-12))
The Navigating Numbers Stories STAIR instructional design is systematic and clearly based around the learning needs of the students. The content is presented in a simple, colorful way and is relevant to the lesson and in alignment with the teacher’s stated goals and objectives. The teacher’s instructions prepare and guide the students and there are many opportunities for student assessment. I personally like the colors, graphics, sound, and animation the teacher chose. They are all applicable to first graders. The teacher’s includes many instructional strategies for a first grade math lesson that presents the concepts in different ways, such as: explanation of the concepts, providing examples, supplying vocabulary words, using charts & number lines, giving many problems for the students to solve, and including quizzes. It is clear that the students’ developmental level is understood. She increases the level of challenges as the students’ progress through the module and varies the way that students interact with the material. What I believe the teacher did well is create a design that will excite and motivate her first graders. She states clear objectives in the beginning and then explains the concepts the students are to learn. She gives many examples of how to solve problems. She then gives the students many problems they must solve, which also provides ways for the students to scaffold practice. The students are required to work through the challenging problems and they are rewarded with clapping sounds and moving texts when they achieve their goals. The module is very organized and rellatively easy to move through. There are a few broken links and several times I became stuck on a page and had to start over. Considering the age group of the students, I would add more clip art images. In my opinion the author did a good job of following the UDL principles. Note-I spent approximately 30 minutes viewing this project.