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Themes of Geography StAIR Project

Themes of Geography StAIR Project

This StAIR Project is designed to give students an engaging way to independently review and learn about two main themes of geography, place and location. A combination of notes, animations, pictures, videos, and audio are used to create a well-rounded and interactive experience for students. There is an assessment for each theme and a cummulative assessment for when the students have completed both themes....

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Eric Dionne
Eric Dionne (Teacher (K-12))
10 years ago

This is straight forward and easy to use.

 The StAIR project includes words, pictures, audio, and video. This gives all students an opportunity to learn the information in a variety of ways. Each picture is labeled with a caption that makes it easy to identify.

I like the way that it is separated into two sections allowing the student to focus on one section at a time. The graphics and animation are well done and add to the learning experience.

The use of videos also adds to the learning benefits of this StAIR project. This is very well done and looks really good.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes
Rachel Vartanian
Rachel Vartanian (Teacher (K-12))
10 years ago

Overall, the activity is very organized, logical and easy to follow with two distinct sections that can be accessed from the home page. The colors are complimentary and the overall theme is not distracting. Images are effectively used to provide examples of each term on each slide, but captions for these images might be helpful for some students. Images are also used as part of an assessment, which is a useful differentiation technique. Not only are text and visuals used, but video is also embedded to further engage the user. Perhaps audio recording, which narrates some of the text would be useful as an additional UDL design principle. The assessments also demonstrate good pedagogy. For example, before students take the quiz, they have the option to go back and review that section of information. The StAIR provides feedback for wrong answers in each quiz, but sometimes the feedback either repeats the question or does not guide the student toward the correct answer. The final assessment is something tangible that can be collected by the teacher to gather data.

Technical Remarks:

The activity is made with PowerPoint and includes text, visuals, and video media.  Using a Mac with 10.5.8, I had no trouble viewing and accessing all parts of the StAIR.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Mary Ewald
Mary Ewald (Content Developer/Instructional Designer)
10 years ago

Overall, the tool is logically sequenced and is easy to use.

Graphics are clear.

This stAIR project represents the concepts in word, pictures, audio, and video. Learners can click on the video to listen, watch, and learn and then click on choices and alternatives for feedback. The variety of transitions provide some different types of engagement, yet the following recommendations are for assistive learning:

Label each picture with its caption, rather than listing.

Place words in order as the pictures or vice versa for learners whom can’t identify the objects.

Reorder the examples in the Human Feature by grouping categories – buildings, roads, transportation, communication, religion, food, industries.

Under Question 3 the globes show lines, but a label or one line on the globe in red with an arrows pointing would better illustrate the concept of either longitude or latitude.

The numbers and the pointer on the video about the map are illegible. It is recommended to put the pointer in a dark color and larger. The numbers on the map need to be larger as well. When the pointer indicates the lines, this instruction is unclear. The instruction in this video is vague and a little too fast to be able to figure out what is being indicated.

Technical Remarks:

The first video file shows a message ‘Codec unavailable.’ Another video with a boy also has the same message.Used a Mac with operating system 10.6.8

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes