[Sugar-devel] [FIELDBACK] Naming Alert
simon at schampijer.de
Thu Feb 18 03:05:57 EST 2010
I did a little survey in the Planetarium pilot last week . The
subject was "Start new" vs "Restart" in the home view. Christian did
provide a test case and I made a Soas version of Sugar that let's you
change the behavior with a button in the Home View .
While of course there were interesting observations to make about
starting activities one other user feedback caught my eye, too. There
was a question in the survey: The naming alert.
A little background: When I started the pilot, stopping the activity was
a hard task for the learners. First you need to find the stop button,
then you had to dismiss the naming alert. I use the wording "dismiss"
because for new learners it does not make much sense, since they don't
understand the concept of the Journal etc yet. What I did was, I removed
the naming alert which improved temporarily somehow the situation. Since
I wanted the kids to take notes I introduced an workflow introduced by
the teacher. After each lesson (normally the kids work in one activity
in a lesson), I let them take notes in the Journal entry. This works
quite well and the kids like it a lot to do this. I tell them: "Describe
in your words what you did today." You can write there as well if you
did like it or not, or if it was hard task. And sometimes I give them a
few words that should be contained. Like "coordinating system" when i
did a lesson in Etoys on that.
When doing the test the Naming Alert was present in the build. And the
testers said: "Oh, that is nice, so I do not have to search for the
Journal entry to take my notes." I asked them what does it look like and
they said: "A bit like the Journal."
What I concluded is: For the workflow it is important to have a way to
directly take notes related to that activity you are doing at the
moment. I still think, that it would be better to have that option in
the activity toolbar, like discussed in the Design meetings. And I will
strike for getting this into 0.90 :) But I think, if the kids use the
Journal and take notes, the naming alert is not such a bad thing for 0.84.
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