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Compare and Contrast: Learning through Pictures, Graphs, and Charts

Compare and Contrast: Learning through Pictures, Graphs, and Charts

stAIR Design. This instructional tool is interactive reviewing the language and concepts of comparison and contrast in order to write supporting information in reports.

Stage 1 is designed for ESL (Emergent- Beginning) learners, or can be used as a review with ESL (Intermediate) learners. Keyword Vocabulary: (and), (both..and),(not only...but also), and (but)....

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

Visually this StAIR project looks really good. I like how you have an explanation of the different symbols in the very beginning instead of assuming that the students will know how to use the StAIR. The animations and slide transitions are very interesting and engaging. However the slides that are a timed switch confused me at first because I wasn’t sure where to click. After that I realized it was a timed slide it was easy from there on out but it could be confusing to students. The visuals are very clear and go a long way to helping the student understand the concepts. It is a very clear way to illustrate the concepts without needed to necessarily understand the text. Great work.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Rachel Vartanian
Rachel Vartanian (Teacher (K-12))
10 years ago

The learning goals are clearly established for the user. Navigation can be difficult. Some of the slides move forward on their own, which can be an advantage of disadvantage for different students. Other slides, require the student to purposely click to navigate forward, which I think might be easier for most students. In addition, the home button takes the user back to the first slide, rather than to a table of contents where the user can navigate to another section. The audio narration is spoken clearly and slowly. This is helpful, especially since this is designed for ESL students. This is a difficult learning goal to assess, but the assessment quizzes are thoughtfully created to make the user think about what they have just learned. Wrong answers, however, do not give the students any feedback. Finally, the two sections of the StAIR allow for differentiation so that some students can complete the entire activity, while others can just complete the first part of the activity.

Technical Remarks:

This StAIR is created with PowerPoint and uses text, images, animations, and audio.  Using a Mac with OS 10.5.8, all features worked, but I was not able to move on past Quiz 2. It seems there is a broken link.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Mary Ewald
Mary Ewald (Content Developer/Instructional Designer)
10 years ago

Tool was updated after comment and fixed the added a button indicating (wait for the button to reappear) to clarify interaction.

Used in course? Yes
Carlie F
Carlie F (Teacher (K-12))
10 years ago

Great Work overall!

I like how you had a page explaining the buttons and what their actions were.

I noticed that some slides were timed to switch to the next slide and others you had to click the arrow. I think this might confuse kids if they are looking for a next button.

I enjoy the animation of pictures, slide transitions, and words. Your project is so colorful and exciting. I think this is a very engaging activity and grabs attention quickly and effectively.

Also, some of the quiz selections took you to another slide and others simply made a noise. I like the spontaneity of your choices but I think that might confuse younger children.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes