South and West Regions of the U.S. Stand Alone Instructional Resource
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Lonna Hill (Teacher (K-12))
This is a great resouce for students in about 6th grade who are studying the regions of the United States. This resource could be used for the students who need extra reveiw or for students who miss a class.
The standards/benchmarks are clearly outlined at the beginning and the lesson's goals are simply stated so that 6th grade students can understand the purpose of the slideshow before they begin. The slideshow would also appeal to a variety of learning styles because it uses multiple instructional strategies--videos, sound, visual photographs, written information and quizzes/practice. The slideshow especially has a high visual quality. The slides use many colors and photgraphs, and they are alwyas visually attractive. The author of this slideshow also employs a good use of color--the answers to the multiple choice questions change color when they are selected, helping the student use the process of elimination when they are unsure of a question.
I would recommend embedding the videos into the slideshow so that it does not take viewers to a separate page. After viewing the videos, students might not be able to get back to the slideshow. I would also put a "home" button going to the menu on more of the slides to make navegation a bit easier.
Jennifer Peraino (Faculty)
This lesson is great! From a pedagogical perspective, it uses both visual and audio components to illustrate key concepts of the western and southern parts of the United States. The vivid pictures provided are an effective way to make sure that all students understand the different elements discussed. Also, the use of videos at the beginning of the presentation grabs the students’ attention, and keeps it by allowing them to choose the route they want to take first, west or south. The integration of quiz questions provided at the end of each section allows students to gain feedback on their understanding. Lastly, the presentation pulls all the information together for a final assessment dealing with both areas of the United States. From a technological perspective, the PowerPoint presentation is an effective way to review the information taught in class, or as a student lead learning activity. The two informational videos supports the information discussed during the rest of the presentation well. Also, I really like that the students could click on a link to find the weather and climate of the regions from the weather channel. This was a neat idea! Lastly, this aligns with the NETs for students (numbers 4&6). From a content perspective, the presentation is an effective way to present the material. The standards and benchmarks are clearly stated, as well as, the goals for the learners. The presentation is written so that all learners can understand the material discussed. The vivid pictures reinforce the content without distracting the student from the learning goals. Lastly, the content is presented in a logical order that is repeated throughout the presentation.
I would try to embed the videos rather than sending the student to YouTube. This would keep students getting off task.