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Solving One Step and Two Step Equations

Solving One Step and Two Step Equations

This is a StAIR (stand-alone instructional resource) on solving one step and two step equations.


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Daniel Winther
Daniel Winther (Teacher (K-12))
10 years ago

I enjoyed completing your StAIR project. The project was nicely laid out, all the links worked as intended, and there was a clear path that the project was taking the learner. I feel that the scaffolding and support in your project was very helpful. The pace was quick, but those resources will help if the student needs more time with the material. The quizzes were beneficial, and I like that you used Quizlet for them. I had no problem getting back to the presentation after completing the quizzes. The pictures were great, and the sounds were entertaining and intriguing. What I liked most in your project was the use of animation to guide the learner along. I liked that you added step by step animation on how to complete each objective, and then asked the learner do the same on a piece of paper.


Technical Remarks:

Technicallly, everything worked as well. No links were broken and no problems occured during the completion of the StAIR. Nice job!

Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes
Melissa White
Melissa White (Faculty)
10 years ago

Excellent addition to MERLOT

James Rolle
James Rolle (Teacher (K-12))
10 years ago


Overall, I think this is a great review tool, easy to use and very clear, very methodical, a solid review of the material. I can see this being very useful, and can be used outside of class. I spent about an hour going through and taking notes.

For future reference when working with Powerpoint, you can copy a screen that has the basic stuff you need on it – such as titles and navigation keys – so that everything is in the exact same place. It looks better when the user goes from screen to screen.

In the maths practice, I wonder whether it would be worthwhile to have the students write the answers down on a piece of paper before revealing them on screen. Similarly, when doing problems, do you want students to have to do them before moving on, or is it okay not to? If so, you can build that in, i.e. when they get the right answer, they go to a screen that moves them forward, but otherwise they stay on that problem. That is partly an issue of your navigation. It seems that the entire screen is clickable, and not just the navigation keys, i.e. clicking anywhere moves me forward.

It might be good to give specific feedback when a student gets an answer wrong, to help her in the right direction. For example, you give an equation and then ask whether we should Add 4 or Subtract 4. If the student chooses the wrong one, perhaps you could say something like “If 4 is being added in the equation, how would we remove it?”

I think you assume a certain reading speed when you have the next step automatically appear. Believe it or not, it was quick for me the first time as I was reading word for word, and I wonder if it might be too quick for students who don’t read or process as quickly. At the same time, for the quick readers or students who understand already, it will be too slow. Here again, you could have them move forward by clicking when they are ready.

I love that you have included yourself reading explanations. I would add a note at the beginning when you talk about navigation that students can click on the speaker to hear you read the explanation. I wold even add more of that.THat could be very helpful for certain students.

I’m curious as to why you did the quizzes in Quizlet instead of in the STAIR itself; in the STAIR you could provide feedback and explanations.

Last, when a user goes to a website, at least on my machine, a Macbook Pro, it doesn't automatically take me back to the Powerpoint presentation; I have to look for Powerpoint. You might include that explanation in the navigation as well.

Technical Remarks:

Technically it works without flaw, though screens move forward clicking anywhere, rather than only on the forward arrow. Also, when leaving the presentation to go to a website, on my machine - a Macbook Pro - I am not brought back to the presentation; I have to find the Powerpoint icon. This is not a fault of this presentation, but of Powerpoint.

Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour