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Action Mazes and Critical Thinking

Action Mazes and Critical Thinking

Teaching critical thinking with Action Mazes.

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Ramiro Carbajal
Ramiro Carbajal (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

     As I opened your presentation I became very interested in going through your presentation because I had never heard of action mazes before.  I thought I could probably learn something that I could use in my class.  I was correct.  An action maze is a great way to get students to use their critical thinking skills to create an action maze on a topic that will further their understanding.

     I thought your presentation flowed smoothly with the right amount of visual and audio.  You didn’t overdo it with the audio and that’s usually a good thing for high school students.  I found the review questions to be well thought out and helpful in reviewing the information presented before. I really liked how you used snapshots on how to create an action maze.  I know with my students that the better the instructions, the better chance they have of getting it done correctly. 

     One thing that would have set it more in line with UDL principles would be to create a video that showed them how to exactly set one up.  That would help the visual and audio learners because on the video you would be verbally going through the process step by step.  You can create it and upload it on Youtube and then embed straight to the PowerPoint.  You could also have them work together in class to create an action maze which would definitely be a good UDL practice.   Overall, I found the presentation to be well done and I am going to use it in my class in this upcoming year.

 

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      For the most part the presentation was well done.  But there were a few minor issues.  Some of the arrow keys did not work properly.  This could simply be an error that was a result of the StAIR being uploaded to Merlot.  One thing that I found that might make the StAIR easier to navigate would be more directions on what to do next and maybe more previous slide arrows.  

Karla Diaz
Karla Diaz (Teacher (K-12))
5 years ago

Your StAIR is very attractive. I liked the idea of having a link directing students to a sample maze. This will allow learners to understand better the concept. The sample will be very helpful for those visual learners (applying teaching strategies/UDL principles). Also, it could work as motivation for students to design their own one. Great Job!

Technical Remarks:

I think your presentation should be in Kiosk mode to limit students to navigate the presentation only with action buttons (not keyboard arrows). If you want to do so, you will have to place action buttons. 

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