Ticket #1694 (new story)

Opened 10 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

New type of resource: Vocabulary trainer

Reported by: jukka Owned by: anonymous
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Description (last modified by jukka) (diff)

I think our system could have a great potential for vocabulary teaching. We have a multilingual community, wikish permission policy and modular pieces and these can be combined in this way:

When you edit media piece containing an image, there is a field 'vocabulary training' which asks to give one or several words in your language (separate fields for every users language) describing what is in the picture. You can add list of words or phrases, one for each row.

When building a vocabulary trainer, you are browsing media pieces that have the vocabulary section for selected language filled and by adding conditions (tags), you limit the search to show a set of pieces. The resource contains this saved search.

When viewing a vocabulary trainer, it shows pieces in similar fashion as in collections or presentations, next and previous button, but the piece has four multiple choices below them. One of the choices is correct, others are wrong ones, taken randomly from other pieces that have vocabulary in the same language. If you select correct, then instantly the wrong answers are removed with javascript and correct one left visible. If you choose wrong, 'wrong' is displayed and that wrong choice is removed. Clicking image or right correct answer takes to next piece. Set of pieces is not ordered, it is always displayed in random order.

This would have an added benefit of giving useful tags in many languages for pieces. 'kissa' wouldn't probably be found from tags, but from finnish vocabulary of image of cat, and finnish teacher who is trying to find a cat for her webpage would find it.

Vocabulary trainers are basically saved searches, searching for all pieces with correct language vocabulary associated with it and tag (if given).

Teaching vocabulary this way is effective. having wrong choices surrounding the correct one is <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080129215316.htm">not a problem</a>, and having some sort of task to do forces to evaluate what is seen and what are the choices.

Also this would be offer a great low entry point for teachers to learn to edit other people's resources: it is perfectly reasonable for you, hungarian speaking to add hungarian vocabulary to estonian's media piece.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by jukka

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comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by teemu

I like this. It is targeted, simple and useful.

But I would not make the vocabulary trainer to be a "new type" of colection but rather make it as a "new type of template" and "new kind of learning resource".

The vocabulary trainer content should be made according to the same "workflow" that is used with other temlplates.

Could you Jukka re-write the story from this prespective?

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by jukka

  • Description modified (diff)
  • Summary changed from New type of collection: Vocabulary trainer to New type of resource: Vocabulary trainer

Ok, changed collections to resource and made the necessary changes.

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