Evaluation Matrix 2

Evaluation Matrix  2

Name of teaching resource

Create a Creature

Weblink(if web based)

http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L1125/index.html

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ieyear/grade)

Create a creature is a simple web based tool designed for Years 3-5. Children use this resource to explore descriptions of insects and learn how each part of their bodies work. It allows children to learn about habitats, invertebrates and how they work. This is a very simplistic tool and you could use it witheven younger grades as more of a computer learning application.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

This web based tool focuses on the science of creatures/ insects and children have the opportunity to  create their own bug. It would be most beneficial if the students could use this on and individual level as it’s very simple and self explanatory. Students can create their own bugs and insects and research habitats and lifestyles and then create their own, print it out in a handy pdf format and then use it to colour in and make a project of it.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

It is a science based exercise with links to biology, life and understanding. However you could apply it to basic computing and perhaps even creative art.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

It’s simplicity. Teachers will not have to spend a lot of time trouble shooting. Its easy to use and children can be independent in their approach.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

It may become boring quickly. While it’s simplicity is good teachers would not be able to use this resource as long term or ongoing media source. It’s limited to its subject area.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

This simple resource could be employed to use with children that are just learning about computers. It could be employed to teach skills such as “drag and  drop”, learning to navigate around a site, moving “forward” and “back” etc.

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