Friday, August 18, 2006

Final Assignment: Final Product

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1. Basic Description
- Topic: Volcano
- Subject: Geography
- Learner: Secondary School Students
- Contents: Volcano's types, formation, structure and effects

2. Characteristics
- Easy to use (less operation steps and guide provided)
- Less learners' cognitive loads (less text and memorization)
- Easy to experience the knowledge (impressive simulation via animation)
- More learners' control (free learning paces via student-centered interaction)
- Easy to locate key points (highlighted key points in key questions as tasks)
- Potential to further learning (references provided and discussion encouraged)
- Flexible to arrange learning activity (wide support of both teacher-centered/student-centered, behaviorist/constructivist, group/individual, online/classroom activities)

3. How it works
- Step 1: Select different lava type to learn related volcano type formation
- Step 2: Click buttons appeared after formation to learn structure and effects of volcano type formed
- Step 3: Click 'tasks' and 'references' to reinforce learning and do further learning
- At any steps, learners are free to view 'user guide', 'tasks' and 'references' according to their needs.

4. Suggested Learning Activity
- Learning Outcome: Learners will be able to identify, analyze and comment on volcano activities occured
- Learning Mode: Student-centered, constructivist, group and online
- Student's Role: active self discovery learner who shares and interacts with others.
- Teacher's Role: supportive senior mentor who helps students learning.
- Phase 1 (1 lesson): Teacher will put the learning object on the blog, and then will do grouping and introduction on the class.
- Phase 2 (2 weeks): Students will learn with the learning object online and do group discussion. Then, they will post their group reflections and comment others' reflections on the blog. Teacher will also give comments on the blog.
- Phase 3 (1 lesson): Teacher will make conclusion and assessment.