Xiaochen's StAIR Lesson
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Discussion for Xiaochen's StAIR Lesson
Siming Hu (Student)
Hi Xiaochen, You did a great job! I love how you provide a general introduction at the very beginning. It is a very fun project to helping students learn about Chinese instruments and musics. You have applied to UDL designing to provide sounds, words and pictures as alternative ways for learning input. Well done! However, one problem is, do not know if it is the problem from my computer, when I click on those signing indicating they are audios, I cannot really open them and hear. Maybe you can try again and fix that. Nice job! Siming Hu
YUN HE (Teacher (K-12))
I like your presentation very much. It is well-organized with rich information. I like the part you ask students to make a presentation. It encourage them to do some research. But it also give them the variety of expression. But when I click the "go to material" button on MERLOT, it link me to a page, where I have to copy and paste on another webpage. It might be easier if the link can direct me to download the ppt. There are some music which can just start to play when the ppt page comes out. We can read the content while listening to the music.
Angela Tashjian (Teacher (K-12))
I really enjoyed the graphics that you used in this StAIR, they complimented your topic very well. The design of your PowerPoint looked extremely nice as well; I think you did a great job picking the backgrounds for each slide.
I also like the set up and flow of your project. First we learned about the different types of music. Then we learned about Chinese singers, and finally the traditional instruments used to make music. It was neat that we returned to the home page after each session. I think that is really helpful for students to see the big picture of your project: the objectives and the structure of the lesson.
You also did a really nice job of providing options for perception. The students could see written words, hear sounds and see pictures for each instrument; and similarly words and sound were provided for each type of music. This provides the students with many alternatives for taking in the information.
I mentioned that I like design and structure of your PowerPoint; there is simply one suggestion that I have to improve the ease of use of this StAIR. It was wonderful when I could click on the “sound” button and music would play. There were a few instances that we had to click on a link that would take us away from the presentation to hear music or see images. I know that technology can be tricky, but if there was a way to embed those things into your PowerPoint I think it would have improved the ease of use of your presentation.
Lastly, I think that it would have been nice if you could have incorporated more quiz questions into this presentation. I know that the main assignment that goes with this StAIR is the project explained at the end, and I think it is a really great project that the students will learn a lot from, but it would have been nice to have more interaction throughout the learning portion of the presentation. Also, it would be nice if you could turn your questions into multiple choice so that the viewer can click on an option and see if they got it right or wrong, instead of needing a separate sheet of paper.
Overall you have done a very nice job with your StAIR and I learned a lot from your project!