Members: Patricia Dillon, Marta Nattkemper, Alejandra Quaglia
Category: Digital Curriculum
The challenge had started. It was time to decide what content areas we would be choosing to design our new adaptive language programme. As a pilot programme this year, we thought of focusing on one of the most relevant but difficult topics in the primary school Language curriculum: Tenses. This platform would be providing not only our students with extra practice and drilling of all verb tenses, but also teachers, with key data to analyse and detect problem areas in every student.
As a first step in our organization, we designed a web with the sequence of exercises for each tense.
Then we created a Google Spreadsheet in which we included the different exercises, answer keys, feedback, links to tutorials reviewing grammar rules and all the necessary information to create the learning pathways.
The next step was getting started with the Smart Sparrow platform. We got familiarized with all the different components required to create an adaptive lesson. Among the components available, we picked drop down, highlight and multiple choice, so as to have a variety of exercises.
Example of drop down exercise:
Creating the learning pathways
The following step was deciding on the amount of exercises each verb tense would have as well as agreeing on the layout and the style of each.
The big challenge came next: defining adaptivity factors known as Trap States. Trap states are conditions and actions which would allow us to direct the student in his learning path.
Let’s watch an example:
Verb: to be
Tense: Simple Present Verb to be
Exercise type: Highlight
Now, let’s see which conditions and actions are set for this particular exercise.
Correct State: If all answers are correct, the student gets a positive feedback, 2 points score, and moves on to the following exercise.
Incorrect State: If any of the answers is incorrect, the student gets written feedback, no points and is taken to a remedial exercise.
Remedial exercise: Verb to be
Correct State: If all answers are correct, the student gets a positive feedback, 1 point score and moves on to the following exercise.
Incorrect State: If any of the answers is incorrect, the student gets written feedback, no points and is shown a video or image to review this tense.
After watching the video, the student is led to a new remedial exercise.
Once the design process was over, it was time for the students to do the lesson. We will be posting results, comments, and conclusions in our next entry, together with the insights and key data that show teachers in what way students are learning and what actions to take. See you then!
Categories: Olivos Primary