Saturday, July 29, 2006

This is my final prototype
Please comment


  • I love your prototype very much! It's so educational with lots of information, and very easy to use.

    How did you make the amazing maze? Some users may need your reminder before they realize they have to click on the checkpoint to proceed.

    One suggestion for consideration is to add a short narration to explain the graphs for animals, population and grass.

    By the way, where was the music? I couldn't hear it in the slide. Did I miss it?

    You are really a master of MS Powerpoint. Thank you for makding this impressive interactive learning object for us.

    By Blogger Chris, at 7:38 PM  

  • Thanks your comments.
    About the music:
    I would try my best to add in the music because music is not only for background use, but also have the purpose to convey a desperate mood for people living in a harsh life. I don’t know why the music can function in my blog at home but not the other computer.

    About the narration:
    I would add some text to explain the graph if needed. I think the graph chart is clear enough to show the relationship between population increase and weather change --- a result with animal and grassland decrease; it is a significant cause of desertification. One factor I need to consider is Daniel highly rejected to used text in our visual display.

    About how to make my maze, I would like to share my share my learning to you.
    In order to make my topic interactively, I try to ask my student how if he think a topic can hold on his incentive to learn. He suggested use maze can be attracted by lower form student. Therefore, I got help from my genius student to show me how to make a maze. After to finish my maze with much effort and time, I found the idea to use a maze is good but the design maze itself to arrive interactively still has room to improve. But that is enough for me and to explain how to do it is already a learning experience in this module.

    Bellows are some points to make a maze:

    Firstly, to draw the maze use the rectangle tool to draw the border of the maze, and then use the line tool to draw out the path and the route in order to customize the line, right click the line and press Format Autoshape. (The line and arrow can choose color and style at this stage.)
    I used the oval tool to draw out the red spots and use textbox to write the numbers.

    Secondly is to make the maze function.
    Right click the green line and choose custom animation. An extra column appear and you have to press add effect, choose entrance, then press wipe. According to the line, set the direction. (For example, if your line is going down, in the direction column, you choose form top, that means the line will start to go down from the top.)
    To make the route move by itself, custom animation for each line.

    Thirdly, to make the consequence page show up in between the maze:
    i) Copy the maze in five different slides.
    ii) Go to the original maze page, and then select every line that leads up to the first red spot, then cut and paste them on every page.
    iii) Starting from the second page, group everything together (right click – grouping – group) , so all the pages (except the first maze page) is one object, then cut every line from the second to the third point, then paste them on every page.
    iv) Do the same action at the third, the forth…until you reach the end.
    v) At this stage, your page should appears like that:
    first page – only the route to first red spot (NOT grouped)
    second page – route from start to second red spot (first red spot grouped)
    third page – route from start to third red spot (first and second red spot grouped)
    fourth page – route from start to fourth red spot (first to third red spot grouped)
    fifth page – route from start to fifth red spot (first to fourth red spot grouped)
    make sure the ungrouped routes are custom animated!

    Grouping the 5 consequence page in one object, then take the first consequence page on top of the first maze page, then right click the consequence page and press custom animation, choose add effect, then press entrance, choose fade, after that choose speed and then go to start and choose after previous. This means that after the first maze has finished moving the consequence page will automatically fade.

    vi) Repeat this for every consequence page.

    Finally, I think you already know go to Autoshape to make the action button to get back to the maze. I hope it is simple enough for you to make a maze, but good advice is not to do it.

    By Blogger Marielibrary, at 5:20 AM  

  • Your technique of PowerPoint is fantastic. Chris is right. You are a master of PowerPoint.

    I like your work very much because it is an educational and informative learning object. Actually, desertification has been a serious problem in China today. I think the emotional impacts that your learning object brings may raise students (public) concern about the issue. This is a meaningful learning object.

    I also have got the background music that you intended to put into your prototype. It is a Korean song. Am I right? The mood of this music is fit for the theme of your prototype. Hope you can make it. Good Luck!

    By Blogger Peon Cheung, at 9:08 AM  

  • Hi Marie,

    Thank you for the detailed explanation on the maze. I really learned a lot from your step-by-step instructions. You must have spent a lot of effort to make this. It's really impressive.

    That's why I said in some other places that the idea and design were more important. The idea of using a maze to induce learning incentive is great!

    For the background music, maybe Powerpoint did not embed it so that we had no access to the sound effect when it was viewed on other PCs. You may have a look here:

    By Blogger Chris, at 9:33 AM  

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