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StAIR: Google Docs

Rating: 3 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Kimberly Anglin (Student), May 05, 2012

If it weren't for all of the technical errors, I would recommend this StAIR because I LOVE Google Docs.  There are a few things (listed below) that need to be tweeked on this presentation but other than that it seems like it could be a very fun, interactive and useful tool to use in the classroom.  I liked how the students follow along with the presentation to do a practice Google Doc.  The objectives were listed at the beginning so students knew what they were going to be learning about and it also included some screen shots which were helpful as well.  The whole concept was based on a tool that uses technology.  For pedagogy, the StAIR used different learning styles such as reading, communicating, and hands on.  The content of this StAIR was good but it would have been better if the videos worked.  If I could add one thing to this StAIR it would be some quiz questions where the students could click the answer on the screen so that they could have some instant feedback and remediation if necessary.  I think that a StAIR is something students do that doesn't require any type of supervision or external guidance.  Especially without the videos, this StAIR seemed like it would not be a stand ALONE instructional resource.   If I could change two things, I would make the forward navigation arrows be timed so they don't show up for at least five seconds so the student can not simply click trhough the whole presentation without reading it and the other thing I would do would be to fix all of the technical errors.

Technical Remarks:

There were quite a few technical errors in this presentation.  It did not open in Kiosk mode which means that anyone who opened this presentation from Merlot could modify it however they wanted.  However, I was lucky that it was editable because when I got to the second slide, there was no forward or backward arrow to I was stuck on the page.  I had to go in and edit the page so I would be able to move on to the next one.  None of the videos worked.  There is no link where it says "print out quiz from the following link." and the quiz answers slide does not have any answers on it.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 mins