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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

Volvelle Graphics Project

Country: United Kingdom
Century: 1200 - The 13th Century
Topic: Matthew Paris
Image of the product:

Name of Author(s): Diane Woodward, Roehampton University
Name of Producer: CAD/CAM in Schools
Language/s of Product: English
Target Group: ICT and Art and Design Teachers and Year 8 students (13+).
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Objectives & Structure:
Volvelle Graphics Project - introduction to Pro/DESKTOP
Part of an 8 week graphics project. In weeks 1-4 the pupils design, make and evaluate a volvelle - a card wheel calculator that easily shows two related pieces of information e.g. star signs/dates, 12hr/24hr clock, or secret code generator. Pro/DESKTOP is introduced in the last 4 weeks for pupils to develop their volvelles based on improvements and modifications (such as the overall shape, or size/position of the viewing windows) as identified in their evaluations.
Description of contents:
This case study clearly explains what activity the project enables students to do; teaching strategies; pupil outcomes.
What it does not do is make any explicit links to Matthew Paris and his first volvelles.
Volvelles are rotating paper devices that perform calculations for solving problems of the calender or the positions of the sun, moon and other planets. They are like slide rules, allowing two or more pieces of information to be compared
Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: excellent
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Availability and quality of simulation exercises: excellent
Quality of the evaluation tools: excellent
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
The site would provide some excellent extension work to the study of Matthew Paris and allow students to make links between Art and Design, History, and ICT
This is a very specific but interesting site that would clearly link to the work of Matthew Paris.
Evaluation Date: 30.06.08
Name of teacher: Jane Giles, Ruth Harwood
Name of School: Trinity School
Country: UK
Subjects Taught: Art

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