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Discussion for Transitional Techniques
Dale Ehrhart (Faculty)
This is an enjoyable Stand Alone Instructional Resource (StAIR) created in PowerPoint. It uses primarily direct instruction with examples and assessments and includes a movie at the beginning of the exercise. Students easily move at their own pace, and when answering a question they can't move forward until they answer it correctly. I really enjoyed the embedded sounds for incorrect answers.
After downloading, the PowerPoint opens in editing mode, so I would consider saving it so it opens automatically as a presentation. The PowerPoint operates in Kiosk mode and the action buttons work as expected, but I would consider placing back buttons on all slides in case a student chooses to review content from a previous slide. The movie has a .mov extension so PC users may need to download a plug-in to use it.
Joseph Buffa (Teacher (K-12))
This powerpoint is easy for students to navigate and engages them with images and self-check quizzes. The focus is on introducting transition usage when writing paragraphs and it would be a great opportunity to use this resource to flip the classroom. Students can go home and learn about transitions on through the powerpoint and come to class the next day prepared to demonstrate their new found knowledge.
The pedagogical strategy that dominates this lesson direct instruction through the "rule-example" approach. Students are exposed to different types of transitions and then presented a few examples of those transitions in use. It seems to be easily accessible to all learners and will allow them to go through the powerpoint at their own pace. This is in line with UDL principles.
The powerpoint runs in kiosk mode and has a video clip embedded.
Perhaps this could be improved upon by having students create a writing sample once they have finished the powerpoint and posting it to a wiki or blog before they come to school the next day. The teacher can then review these posts and gauge where students are at with the material coming into the class. It would add an additional technological component to the lesson and this could allow for some more individualized differentiation/another opportunity for teacher feedback.