Monday, December 8, 2008

Project Analysis Paper

Here is my project analysis paper in which I bemoan my lack of Flash skill and discuss all the things I would do better if I had time and skill.

And here is the feedback from my classmates on the project.

Final Fibonacci project

Here is the final version (.swf) of my Fibonacci numbers math lesson for 4th/5th graders.

It took way longer than I thought it would. Synchronizing audio and actions was the most time-intensive part. I'm learning now that I could have done it better (and more quickly) other ways, but it was too late for this project.

If you want, you can download the .html file (zipped) as well. I am unable to post the .fla version of the project because even zipped it exceeds maximum size limits on my google site.


Audience: 4th and 5th grade students

Objectives: Students will learn how to:
  • Tell a friend a little about who Fibonacci was
  • Calculate the Fibonacci series
  • Describe what the Golden ratio is
  • Describe what the Golden spiral is
  • Find the Fibonacci series, Golden ratio and Golden spiral in the world

Program design: Linear, self-paced learning module. Navigation is straightforward. Minimal need for instructions or teacher assistance.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Messed Up Project Draft for Class Demo

I completely messed this up today working in a hurry, but for the purposes of showing it in class today, here it is.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fibonacci Storyboard

As I worked on the storyboard, I simplified the project a little further.

I also tried hard to think visually, rather than textually, so most of my screens are pretty empty. I think finding the right imagery for this project will be time-intensive.

Storyboard draft 1

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Flow Chart

My flow chart for the Fibonacci numbers project continues to evolve.

One reason for that is that I am learning more about what is realistic to tackle during this quarter's class as a Flash newbie.

Another reason is that in my first flow chart I was trying to push myself out of my comfort zone of linear training design. But after feedback from David and some more thinking, I returned to a linear approach which I think makes most sense for this topic, at least as I am presenting it.

Here are two versions of the flow chart:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Training Plan for Fibonacci Project

Here is my training plan for my Fibonacci numbers eLearning project.

The part I found hardest was the task analysis, as I am not used to building training plans in this way.

I'm very excited about the project now that I've built the training plan, but I don't know enough about Flash yet to know whether or not I've designed something "do-able."

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Exploring Math Online

As my daughters face frustrations at school with learning math, I find myself looking around online for information, strategies, tools and games to help them gain math skills and confidence while retaining their joy and interest in math.

I want them to explore mathematical ideas and concepts, but they also need to practice math facts and gain comfort and fluency in using them.

For my class at UW on eLearning, I have created this blog to post my reflections on readings, my assignments, and my project (teaching Fibonacci numbers to 4th and 5th graders at my daughters' school).

I will also post other resources for exploring math online for those who are interested.