Earth Science Review
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Elise Fiechtner (Teacher (K-12))
This lesson started off by identifying a clear learning objective, so students would know right off the bat what they would learn by viewing it. I thought the use of narration was a good addition as it allowed for the content to be accessed both through print and audio. This fit within the UDL principles. Organizing the content around vocabulary was also a good strategy. Through this class and other professional research, we know that Marzano puts high emphasis on content-based vocabulary. This lesson would allow students to have access to the vocab, images that supported the content-based vocabulary, and examples of how those terms were at work within the content itself. I also thought the quiz was set up well. I liked that users have the option to go back to review if they miss a question. There were a few glitches. I was not able to view any of the videos. I only got a big ‘X’ over the box where the movie should have been. I waited for them to load, but they never did. I also tried to click in the box where they were supposed to be, and still had no luck. One other note of confusion I had was in the actual learning goal. I wish there would have been one more wrap up slide that tied in the vocab and examples with the learning goal itself. As the user I wanted to see how these terms I learned applied to my understand how rocks and fossils are used to age the geological history of the earth.
The videos didn't work for me.
Brian Jenks (Student)
Great flow of content from beginning to end; provides an interesting, deductive session for its viewers. The (non-linguistic) images and You Tube videos were engaging and supportive (clarified descriptions) of the information being presented, and the quizzes provided excellent feedback. The size (chunking) of each section was very manageable for users to learn the content and quickly check their knowledge. Solid and enjoyable lesson to interact with.
Navigation buttons and links all worked as designed. I liked the objectives stated at the beginning; would have preferred a summary page at the end of the lesson, with a link back to the Terminology page if there was any content I wanted to review again. I had a little trouble viewing the links; bolder colors on these would have been easier to view than the light blue and yellow.
Lisa Joseph (Teacher (K-12))
I really like how the presentation was organized. It was very easy to follow and not cluttered with information. I didn’t get lost at all which was nice. I also liked how the audio explanations were optional. For some participants, the audio might slow them down, so having it optional is great for those who desire or need it. That also fits within the UDL principles and fits to different learning styles. I liked the “correct answer slides (especially the firecracker one) but I do wish there was a little explanation of WHY I got it correct. Also, by having the option to “review” or “Try another Question” the potential exists for students to just keep guessing until they get the right answer.
Technically everything worked well, with the exception of the videos. None of the videos carry over on the download.