Saturday, September 17, 2005

ABC Game Feedback and Other Development Thoughts Part 2

I spent a lot of time on the game today. All of the sign/fingerspell/word videos are ready for buttons. I took my button feedback and decided I didn't want any of them. I have two choices now just simple text saying play the video again or a green button (the favorite color) that says play video again.

After getting feedback from Rosemary about part 1 of this blog post, I have decided to include a menu page. From there it will be possible to access any letter and also go to the directions instead of having them in the game timeline. I like this much better. The front page also has the option of going straight to the game (for the kids) or to the menu.

Each page has a button to take you home (the menu.) I have also created two versions-a plain written text button and a green button with a graphic of a house on it. The pages continue to have a full page button for the children to go to the next page. Right now I have the buttons at the bottom but I think maybe I should put them at the top so if the teacher is using an interactive whiteboard the children will not hit them accidentally.

Letter A is set up as text only links and letter B uses the button links. Please check out letters A and B and let me know which way you like best.

At this time the menu is not complete but what is there is in black ink. The directions are in blue as are the text only button links (which puts a blue play text button onto the black text menu page.) I'm still deciding whether I prefer the blue or the black text. Not sure if one is easier to read. Maybe the black.

I'm keeping the letters for the preloader and will save numbers for the next game:) which will be some kind of counting and or math concepts game. More about that later after I think about it some. I also wonder if I should include the words "Please wait while the game loads" on the preloading screen.

I also have a grammar question. I wrote "For each letter there is a series of slides." I'm wondering if I should change it to "...there are a series of slides" I think "is" is the right choice but I'm not sure because I'm using "a series" which I think is singular.

Somewhere along the line I want to figure out which National standards this correlates to and create a lesson plan. Also when we did the first trial with the children I had them take turns trying to trace over the letter. I'm thinking about including tracing letters for when teachers use this with an interactive whiteboard they could demonstrate how to write the letter. Not sure if I want to do that totally separate or if maybe on the page with the fingerspelled sign I could put the font that shows the arrows of how to write it or maybe I should just include this idea in the lesson plans that I hope to create.

Started studying for the Praxis test. I have to take that to prove I can read, write and do math before I can get my certification for Instructional Technology Specialist. I need to call and schedule it sometime so I have a target date to keep me on task.


Rosemary Stifter said...

-I like the menu but when I get to the opening screen there is a button says "home." Am I not "home?" I would consider that screen to be "home" and from there I can click and go to the menu or go to the directions. Maybe the button should sasy "menu" or something like that.
-I would like the letters to be listed left to right as that is the way we read.
-I like the "play video again." feature in the movie.
- I don't like the home image button (maybe the colors or the picture) but I am not sure about the text button either. Should this be on every screen?
-I feel like there should be a button to move forward to the next screen. Maybe just an arrow. You have to expect that most people do not read directions and won't know what to do.

It looks really good and you are really close to being finished!

Rosemary Stifter said...

You may want to cite your information about chaining. "Chaining is a technique used by some teachers to form a relationship between a sign, a printed word, and a fingerspelled word."
Padden, C. and Ramsey, C. (1991). Reading Ability in Signing Deaf Children. Topics in Language Disorders, 18 (4), 30-46.