What's Really Important/feedback please

Judy Perry jperryl at ecs.fullerton.edu
Fri Nov 14 21:57:14 EST 2003

As real as I can make it.

On Fri, 14 Nov 2003, Alejandro Tejada wrote:

> >on Fri, 14 Nov 2003 13:30:10 -0800 (PST)
> >Judy Perry wrote:
> >
> > >I'm finishing up a program in instructional design and technology and
> > >would like for my final project to be a new Rev interface ala Hypercard's
> > >that will make the program more accessible to new/novice programmers
> > >(think: elementary school teachers and/or children).
> Is this project a really functional program, downloable later? or only a
> Demonstration of an ideal program?
> >My questions to you, especially any of you who are not "real" (that is,
> >formally educated in the discipline) programmers:
> >
> >1.  What do you think should be presented in terms of programming
> >concepts?
> >
> >--Certainly, it is tempting to say, "Oh, everything is important!" but
> >this can result in a steep learning curve that may put many off learning
> >the product.  So, for example, which control structures?  Which commands?
> >etc.  AND WHY?
> Actually, in my experience, the users prefers to get the most results with
> the less effort. If you were able to put a program that uses a wizard
> interface,
> like those that uses the CD recording programs (that go asking for every
> choice to "select" the recording options) then your user will thanks you
> greatly.
> Only for those that want to tinker, you could show the scripts language and
> the finer control that learning programming offers.
> >2.  What sorts of 'ready-made' tools (such as the ready-made buttons and
> >fields in HC; the contacts list/date book, etc.) do you think would be
> >beneficial in making the program intrinsically useful even at the end-user
> >level as well as at the level of transitioning from end-user to stack
> >creator?
> I'll suggest ready made activities or interactions in the form of
> individual stacks.
> For example...
> Teachers will like templates for lessons and evaluations like:
> multiple choices quiz, true/false questionaries, drag and drop interactions,
> click on the spot, etc,etc.
> Students would like to create presentations from their investigations or
> homeworks.
> They would like to use Fields effects, coordinated sound and visual effects
> transitions
> and the possibility to show any movie, sound or image that they find in the
> internet...
> >3.  Any other ideas/suggestions?  (recalling from your own, early days of
> >the cave how you learned an x-Talk?)
> create a free community, where teachers could share their experiencies with
> your program. This is what I'm trying to do. :)
> >Thanks!
> >
> >Judy
> You are welcome!
> al
> still sad for sending the full digest to the list :(((((
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