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Spring LOOPS tests
January 19, 2009
*Starred items would be very nice but we can live without them.
The following are the capacities of the delivery system that are needed for the curriculum materials to be tested in spring 2009. Many of these represent capacities that already exist, but I thought it worthwhile to confirm this.
There will be one two-week WISE3 project in Force and Motion (F&M) and a second two-week project in Chemical Reactions.
Teachers need to be able to turn on and off activities to control what activities within a project that the class or individual teams can work on.
* Teachers can send a window on their computer to all students or to a projector. Status: eventually will be an Otrunk capacity, but not soon because this is not built into the architecture. Check with Berkeley about taking over student computers.
Gating. Does it exist. Freezing is not too good.
There will be at least one instance of the following LOOPS in each project
Polling. The ability for the teacher to push out a question (overriding whatever else in on a student's computer) and receive responses from students. If T/F or multiple-choice, the combined data are shown on the teacher's computer and can be pushed to all computers. On the fly or from stored, authored activities. Berkeley is doing this.
Flag N with text and *images from snapshots. Students submit a note with text or a *snapshot. Teachers can review the submissions, flag N of them, and make them available to view. Sharing is done by putting them on student computers or using an overhead projector. Berkeley underway.
*Inquiry Index. Data streams are generated by the tools (probes, MW, and NetLogo) and combined linearly with coefficients to get a single number. Authors provide default coefficients for each activity, but the teacher can modify. The resulting index is available to teachers through the dashboard.
**Game scoring. Slalom will generate a score that needs to be recorded and displayed in the dashboard---perhaps in the same place as an inquiry index.
Quantum report. Combine live graphs and push to all students. For at least one activity, students will submit their live graphs, which will be automatically combined on the teacher's machine. The teacher will be able to broadcast these to all students.
*Smart Graphs. This application will be used to test student understanding of graphs and return results to teachers. **Perhaps this could be part of a poll.
Basic reports on student progress: percent complete, score by activity.
Core functions needed for both units
Functioning WISE3 environment with portal and dashboard for registration, reporting, and controlling student exposure to activities.
The following tools: Motion probe, MW, and NetLogo. Each needs to be embedded in a page that might include instructions, questions, and other objects. Is this a UDL or ITSI object?
Primitive II data generated by MW and NetLogo models: total elapsed time, number of runs, score (if game), systematicity (to be defined later.)
Core functions needed for F&M
Graph Points. Enter (x, t) pairs into a table or graph. Take a snapshot of the graph, annotate, and submit to be used with Flag Five. Generate II from the number of graphs made and the number of points entered.
Sketch a motion graph. Use a motion probe to generate position or velocity data that are displayed on the same graph. Take a snapshot of the graph, annotate, and submit to be used with Flag Five. Generate II from the number of graphs made with the motion probe.
*The slalom game. The author or a student sketches a position or velocity graph and then uses the motion detector to generate data on the same graph. When the time reaches the end of the sketch, a score is generated from the difference between the sketch and data. The scoring algorithm includes a parameter that makes the scoring more difficult as the score mounts.
*Teacher polling with Slalom game. The teacher broadcasts a sketch that students must match using the motion detector. Scores and data are returned to the teacher. The final score is the II.
*Tracker. Use Tracker to generate and graph (x, t) pairs from a video that is provided by the author. Take a snapshot of the graph, annotate, and submit to be used with Flag Five. Generate II from the number of points and **the noise in the data.
**Better, be able to import a video made by students.
1-D motion simulation from Hanging with Friends. (? I'm not sure what HoF does.)
Story Time. The author supplies a story and each student generates motion graph, takes a snapshot, annotates it, and submits it to be used with FF.
*Equations. Author provides a graph and the student tries to match a section of it with a linear equation. Options include supplying m and b in x = mt +b or m and b are supplied by sliders. II is generated by the number of trials (or the number of times the sliders were moved) and the standard deviation over the domain indicated by the author.
Core functions needed for Chemical Reactions
Sketch and save. Need a step in WISE3 with instructions that includes a sketcher that students can use to generate a static image, save it, annotate it, and submit to be used with Flag Five.
*MW sketcher. Use MW to create a picture of atoms and molecules. Need a new MW script that makes and breaks bonds depending on how close atoms are.
*Flip Book Animator. Add to the sketcher the ability to create and display a sequence of sketches. Support animation by tweening and overlaying a grayed-out transparent version of the previous sketch. Need to be able to save, caption, and submit to be used with Flag Five.
MW model. Be able to use any MW page as a WISE3 step, complete with instructions. Need to be able to take multiple snapshots, annotate them, and submit one or more to be used with Flag Five. The MW model will return an inquiry index that it generates using a script that depends on the model.
NetLogo model. Be able to use any NetLogo model (or at least the Greenhouse Gas model) with our grapher on the same page as a WISE3 step, complete with instructions. Need to be able to take multiple snapshots, annotate them, and submit one or more to be used with Flag Five. The NetLogo model needs to return an inquiry index that it generates that depends on the model.