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RE: [Fsfe-uk] An ignorant question?

From: Andrew Atkinson
Subject: RE: [Fsfe-uk] An ignorant question?
Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2003 10:18:55 +0100

> -----Original Message-----
> From: address@hidden
> [mailto:address@hidden Behalf Of Ciaran
> O'Riordan
> Sent: 06 June 2003 20:40
> To: address@hidden
> Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] An ignorant question?
> What format of class are you planning?
> If you're going to stand at the top of the class with one
> screen, I'd suggest a presentation tool such as OpenOffice Impress.
> If each student has a computer, you could write some html/php or
> javascript pages and your students would just use a browser
> (such as mozilla/Galeon).
> If neither of these suggestions are useful, email a slightly longer
> description of your plan, I'm sure free software can do it :) (better)
> Ciaran O'Riordan

I am just at the start of the process and therefore am still playing with
everything. Yes it will include delivery from the front, but I want a system
that is really interactive, and adapts to the kids. I cannot remember the
last time I stuck to a lesson plan for a whole lesson. At any point you need
to be ready to go off down the line that the pupils take you. This can
include refreshing things to approaching a topic from a completely different
angle (this is what makes teaching exciting). So while OoImpress has its
place it is not ideal for maths.
What I have as the grand ultimate plan is a system where you can flow with
the pupils ideas. Years ago on the Acorn I wrote a simple program to allow
the user to put different shapes in front of a waves and therefore allowing
the user to see the refraction patterns and play with them. I could
(possibly) still sit down and do this again. This is not what education
needs. Most teachers cannot (and should not have the need to) program
scripts. I am looking to produce or find a tool that will allow teachers to
develop their own interactive lessons, that during the lesson pupils can
experiment with, staff can adapt, and then it can be put on the web so the
pupils can use it latter for homework or revision. There are lots of steps
to get to the ultimate end, but I am having difficulty starting. At the
moment Flash is the closest I have found.
I hope you are right that free software can do it better 8-)


> On Fri, Jun 06, 2003 at 08:07:05PM +0100, Andrew Atkinson wrote:
> > hello
> >
> > I have been tinkering with delivering lessons using Flash. Now
> this is what
> > I call an educational tool. But what would you lot suggest I
> use. To keep me
> > from going mad I have to keep preparation time to a minimum. I have on
> > average five 50 minute lessons a day, plus marking and running
> the IT and
> > ICT department. In the end I want to be able to spread the use to all
> > teachers IT literate or not.
> >
> > Andrew Atkinson
> > Maths and ICT teacher (aged 11-18)
> >
> >
> >
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