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Daniel Levitt (Librarian)
A great interactive StAIR on basic circuits. It introduces simple, series, and parrallel circuts and the basic concepts of electricity, schematics, and electric circuits. There were interactive links in between the project and various Internet sites and a YouTube video.
It was very easy to use but I think there could be more use of sound in the project, even if it is the occasional cheering for a correct answer or "aww" if the answer was incorrect. Transitioning between the project and the internet can be distracting and could lead the students away from the project. The use of more specific, task oriented directions connected with the link could fix this. If you wished to connect this project even deeper, audio recording of your voice to make certain points or clarify ideas or even to verbalize directions could be very useful.
Requires Open Office to use. I was unable to get it to open in PowerPoint 2008 on a Mac. I did not try this on a PC. In OpenOffice, all of the links worked perfectly.
Melissa Hocking (Teacher (K-12))
This a well put together STAIR that teaches students the basics of circuts. The project teaches several concepts such as types of circuts, schematics, and switches. The STAIR provides many diagrams and instant feedback is provided from the questions that are asked throughout. I liked the video at the beginning and the Discover website. The only think I would do it embed the video into the presentation and the website. It can be hard for kids to use when they have to watch the video outside the presentation and then go back to the presentation. I think this is an excellent resrouce for students to learn about circuts and I learned a lot reviewing it. I also thought the link to circut activities at the end was useful and continued the lesson on.
Sometimes when I answered a question nothing happened and some pictures did not show up. Might be my version of power point.