[IAEP] Observations and feature requests based on watching a preK class use a computer lab
Gary C Martin
gary at garycmartin.com
Fri Feb 27 17:28:22 EST 2009
On 27 Feb 2009, at 20:57, Caroline Meeks wrote:
> Today I visited a computer lab at a school in Boston where 3-5 year
> olds (the PreK class) were using the computers in the computer lab.
Nice feedback. Just wanted to raise the 'know your audience' scope,
isn't 3-5yrs out of previous Sugar design scope? I though it was more
like 6-16yrs? Saying that, I'd be very happy to be able to lower the
age barrier to entry, but it gets tough not to loose other features
(i.e I say 3-5yrs would be a non-multitasking user interface, one
activity at a time, no switching, just stopping, and back to home).
> The teacher tried to get them to use Kidspirations to look at and
> stamp bugs but they rebelled. All they wanted to do was use KidPix.
> We need a paint program that is as cool as KidPix or we will suffer
> the same fate. They will turn off Sugar and go back to Windows to
> use KidPix!
> In Kidpix the students learned that they need to use the mouse and
> not the keyboard. By the time I left all students had managed to
> learn to use the mouse to make something on the screen. I saw some
> kids make the connection that they had done something with the mouse
> and it had appeared on the screen. Some were painting with colors,
> others were stamping with images. Some kids had learned how to
> erase the screen and start over.
> Clearly learning was going on. I thought to myself, "what would
> take this lesson to the next level for these students". I think,
> based on the interactions the teachers were having as they spent
> individual time with the students, that it would be valuable to
> these students to begin to tell stories about their pictures. It
> would be cool if the kids could record a voice note when they saved
> a picture in the journal. This could help the teachers move them
> towards telling stories about thier pictures. I think that would in
> turn motivate them to want to control what they did with the picture
> Our goal with the journal is to get kids to reflect on thier work.
> For many of the students in the age range we serve typing that
> reflection is going to be a challenge and we might well get more
> thoughtful reflection if they could speak it.
> Caroline Meeks
> Solution Grove
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