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Understanding the Gas Laws

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Natalie Saunders (Teacher (K-12)), Aug 17, 2012

This StAIR module, “Investigating the Variables of a Gas” was very engaging and entertaining to me.  I think what made it that way was due to the type of format, colors and sounds used. This module had a nice flow to it. However, there was a few times I wanted to go back and re-read something and I couldn’t. I think it would have been nice to have a back key, as well as maybe a home page of some sort. I like how as the participator/student I had a choice of which variable I wanted to start with.  This has a huge influence on kids, knowing they kind of have a say.  Nonetheless, if I were to have started with the Amount of Gas first, I would have clicked the “next button” and missed the other variables. Just something to think about.  I knew I could go back, but would your students know that? I really enjoyed the examples displayed within the presentation, along with the diagram/pictures.  Furthermore, I liked how there was videos provided.  Could you have embedded those in your presentation? What if a student didn’t have internet access?  Overall, I really enjoyed this presentation. It was well-thought out, engaging, entertaining, colorful, had an easy flow and provided lots of differentiation. (Activity at the end on the wiki site (wasn’t able to access…but great idea), examples, videos, asking questions and providing feedback, etc.)

Technical Remarks:

I give you an A++++ for the technical remarks. I loved your sound effects. You really got me excited when music started playing from the very beginning.  You didn’t just use sound effects, you used lines from movies that your students would recognize. (i.e. Napoleon Dynamite and Billy Madison.) Kids love these things. Even as a teacher, I love it! Haha… I wanted to get a few answers wrong just so I could hear what clip you would have. haha...however, there wasn't a sound effect for all incorrect answers. I also liked how you had the “Ping-Pong” sound effect and picture provided for the example, as well as the “air bubbles”…this seemed to make me stay engaged.  Please note I did run into a few things or have a few suggestions.  I already stated some in my comments section, but I think there needs to be a back button and a home button of some sort.  I also had to really move my arrow around to find the “hand” in order to click and go on…it was like my mouse had to be at an exact position, not much moving space. In addition, I was not able to access your wikipage, for the “YOUR TURN” portion at the end.   I would ponder the thought about possible providing a hint of some sort on the slides that students get incorrectly.  Have them go back, but maybe drop a hint/fact/question to get brain thinking/flowing.  All in all, I loved this presentation and want to thank you for teaching me the four variables used to describe a gas, definitions of the gases and laws, how to make out calculations, etc.  You did a fantastic job!  

Time spent reviewing site: approx. 35 minutes