StAIR Design- Winter Word Blast
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Discussion for StAIR Design- Winter Word Blast
Jenny Hancock (Student)
Nice job! Students in kindergarten will definitely relate to this as this is a very important concept/skill to master. Often is can be tricky just to hear and understand, but giving students a visual with sounds as well as hands-on practice finding the sounds is great. There is inductive reasoning at the beginning of the sections when students learn what middle and endings sounds are. Then for the quizzes and practice students used deductive reasoning to be able to show what they have learned. I like the little dancing penguin; this will keep students attention as they begin to look for him after completing an answer. I like that you gave positive feedback as well as encouraging words for incorrect answers. It reassures students that even though they were wrong, they can still accomplish the task. Great job!
A few issues I noticed were that I was able to click through the creation without having to wait or use the snowflakes keys or the penguin. It seemed to not be in kiosk mode where students are unable to click any other buttons. There were a few slides where two audios would play at the same time. Your instructions would play as well as the featured word. This could be confusing as to which words to listen to. The StAIR also skipped in a few places and brought me back in a loop in one place.
Marni Freedman (Teacher (K-12))
I think title of your StAIR is attention grabbing! What first grader would not want to participate in an activity that has the word “Blast” in it! It is easy to see that you were accommodating the different learning styles of your audience. Having the words typed on the slides is important, but you took it a step further by incorporating your own voice in the activity. This is important for both visual and auditory learners. I loved how you had the snowflakes flash when you were showing the students where to focus for the learning activity. When you were focusing on middle letters, the middle letter of the word on your screen was…yet another important visual learning opportunity. This StAIR has inductive teaching involved as students were taught information and then quizzed on their understanding of the topic. I would maybe add some movement and sound on the “Great Job!” pages. Try using a different snow animal or dancing snowman to keep the attention of the learners. When quizzing the students on the middle sounds, it might make more sense to say “Click on the letter that makes the correct middle sound” instead of saying find the middle sound.
Take a look at the final assessment. When I click on the different pictures, some of the sounds are not in the word at all. For example, when I click on the picture of a pin, the sound of the letter T is said. The directions also say to circle the M or E. On a presentation like this, you might need to have the students click on the appropriate letter since you can’t circle on the actual screen.