The Pièce de résistance at WIZIQ
OK, sit back and get comfortable... this is going to take some time to lay it out...
Without sharing all of my research and screwy theories I would like to simply say the following:
Since the TV and particularly now with the digital-online age we have been rewired. We are less and less left brain dominant learners and processors of information. Sure some remain so (academics) but the vast majority of the population we deal with as teachers are ever increasingly Right Brain dominant. (That's the premise, don't bother reading more unless you can tentatively buy into that.)
Loves text and numbers
Black/White little to no grey
Logic is king
Can deal with abstract concepts
Can write stuff real good
(Sound like anyone you know?)
aka La La Land
Loves colors, and 3d movies
Originator of speech and emotes
Sings and expresses emotions
Converses in icons, images and tangible objects
Wiziq has most of the tools and features currently in place to accommodate most of the input and expressive output the Right Brain needs to become an equal partner in the learning experience. One of the areas that are a little lacking is in the emoticons, shapes and symbols. Way too few for a right brain's desires (the left brain really only needs text) and no matter how many WIZIQ provides for us, they will never be enough.
We have already discussed several work-arounds in the How 2 WIZIQ tutorial series here:
The problem is that it takes a lot of extra steps to perform and must be repeated for each class.
WHEW! That is a lot of information without a suggestion, eh? Well, here is the suggestion...
Instead of giving us fish (nem emoticons, shapes and symbols)
Give us a fishing pole and basket!
1. We need a simple icon generator. Any graphic we create should be importable as png or transparent thingy to create a vast number of props (new word for emoticons, shapes and symbols). It would also be nice if it standardized the imported size and pixel density. WIZIQ would never have to deal with a user's complaints of not having the right Icon thingy again.
2. We need a simple basket (white board pallet) and closet (content library feature) for storing our toys and stuff we create that can readily be brought into a classroom. Note: not individually like current uploads, rather entire boxes of thematic toy sets. It would also be nice if students could have there own baskets to be brought to class and used/shared.
Note that once you allow png imports we can live without the above but it sure would be nice.
OK maybe a few more items...
If we are going to create an environment where many students can assist and take part in whiteboard activities we must unbundle the white board controls. A
slider bar should only affect students view, not all views. B
Only drawing tools and icons should be available to students. C this is a big one...
if a student or teacher creates a multi part item (e.g. stick man, or mathematical formula or graph) there needs to be a way to group these parts into a new entity for manipulating.
I will not go into why I think this is such a wonderful idea. I would be happy to clarify the need and desirability with anyone who needs it. (I have been sharing weekly in the How 2 series.) Until we can talk, please take my word for it... the inclusion of students in the whiteboard and giving them truly creative capabilities with Right Brain tools can make us a remarkable organism.
Or, I'm off on another of my La La Land (right brain) hoots ;-)
PS this blog posting can also be found at my main blog here: