For this module, I chose a module on mummification which I remember using with my previous tutee when I was helping her with her project about the History of Egypt.
Grade Level: Grade 7-8
At the end of the lesson, students should be able to:
explore and explain the process of mummification
Learn the significance to the ancient Egyptians of each aspect of the process of mummification in order to achieve a better understanding of their concept of the afterlife
The comic font in the explanation tab matches the theme of this project because it is friendly, easy to read and light-hearted. It is perfect for this animated project.
This font identifying the internal organs needs to be improved and replaced with something that is more legible because the bottom of the letters seem cut off and looks pixelated so it may not look readable for some readers especially for those who may still have reading difficulties.
This font for the clickable tab also matches the theme because it is comic, but it still shows contrast with the font for the explanation so the students will not get lost. It shows differentiation of fonts depending on the functions, but they don’t contrast one another.
Evaluation of Presentation:
This project looks very professional, interactive and seems like a fun activity for the kids. The buttons work properly, and there was also proper transition from one slide/process to the next. It also used a very good layout because it was colorful and navigation was also a breeze. Even kids would find it easy to navigate through the slide. Although the window itself is quite small, it’s possible to maximize this through the PC itself But I did notice that even if I maximized the size, the font might not be large enough especially for those with visual difficulties.
There was also consistency in the layout and the style making it look professional and organized. In terms of content organization, the sequence is very logical, and it really shows the step-by-step process of mummification.
This made very good use of graphics. It is very interactive as it allows the student to even take part in the mummification process by following the instructions. There are no unnecessary animation, gimmicks, characters and irrelevant tracks that would sidetrack or even distract the learner.
The tasks are enjoyable. Although the tasks are easy, I believe this is just right given that this is a very serious topic
Content is accurate and unbiased and contains appropriate level of detail for the target learners; therefore this would be an effective teaching-learning tool.
The learner/user will find it easy to navigate their way through the presentation. It makes use of very simple mapping with stimulus/task and response/action. The instructions are likewise clearly stated
What I like about this presentation is that the quiz incorporates feedback which includes not just correction but also an explanation to reinforce concepts previously learned. Although the quiz is more intended for rote learning, the teacher can just supplement this with formative assessment that would also foster and encourage collaborative learning because this presentation is more tailored for individual use only.
The presentation makes use of heavy graphical interface which might be a disadvantage for students who have visual difficulties. These users might find it hard to navigate and access the site, and the interface might not also be conducive for auditory learners. So my recommendation would be to also incorporate audio into the presentation so the learners can either read along or listen to the presentation depending on their learning preference.
Lamb, A. (2005). Designing and developing resources: multimedia materials. In Building treehouses for learning: Technology in today’s classrooms (pp. 385-438). Retrieved from http://eduscapes.com/treehouses/TN11multimedia.pdf
Huang, C. (2005). Designing high-quality interactive multimedia learning modules.Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, 29, 223-233. Retrieved from https://cset.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/files/documents/publications/Huang-Designing%20hih-quality%20interactive%20multimedia%20learning%20modules.pdf
Making a Mummy – The Children’s University of Manchester. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/history/egypt/makeamummy/