StAIR: Google Docs
This is a stand alone instructional resource that teaches students a lesson on Google Documents. The file is a PowerPoint presentation based in Kiosk Mode, where students will be able to click through the presentation but not close it. Video tutorials are provided within the presentation.
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Kimberly Anglin (Student)
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.
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.
Tami Basso (Teacher (K-12))
This is a good learning experience for students. It involves higher level thinking, hands on practice and communication between students. Students will practice a wide variety of skills when participating in this activity. Some of the skills involved: creating an e-mail, signing up for an account, collaborating and sharing a document, using higher order thinking skills to answer questions about what they have learned, a quiz, experience watching a video in a Power Point, taking a quiz and formating a document.
Your presentation didn't open in Kiosk mode.
How to Use this Power Point slide - I couldn't get it to link to the Educational Problem slide. I triedl clicking on How to Use Power Point thinking it was a link but it didn't take me there.
Educational Objectives as Part of the NET-S Standards slide you may want to put in an & sign or the word and. Students will be interacting & collaborating.
What you will need slide: I wasn't sure if I was supposed to link through the quiz on this page. Do students have to be a certain age before signing up, filling in age and address?
Introduction :7 minute video slide I wasn't sure if this page was supposed to have a video on it?
Jing Video slide: the video didn't open for me.
Your e-mail link did open and was active.