Looks very interesting, but I had a hard time getting started with it. Perhaps save in a completed state, so people know what will happen, then include some very simple instructions to help them try it ... click this, change this value, click that, etc.
There's a powerful concept behind it, but ease of use may be improved. I wasn't sure from what area should I drag the arrows/symbols to get the examples to work and where should I place them. It took a while to figure it out.
I really like the use fractals and self-similarity which are powerful concepts to teach. The challenge (from an educational perspective) is to provide lessons and problems the students can solve themselves with some hopefully minimal guidance.
Perhaps a story book where with some Event Theatre "video tutorials" for us visual thinkers to show the basic movement. Also I got confused initially by your switch in "symbols" (ex: from "F" in your flaps to . I actually started typing F - F - ...
Lastly I am trying to figure out ways to introduce fractals with eToys in a way that a 10 year old can understand. The problem is not the concepts it is easy to teach a 10 year old how to make Sierpinski triangle with pen and paper. Doing it in eToys has (for me at least) proved more of a challenge to make as easy as pen and paper. So any ideas/suggestions are appreciated.
Lastly WAY COOL project!!! While not what I am looking for for my learning facilitation, its very impressive and powerful.
Need a way to edit my comments. when I typed:
(ex: from "F" in your flaps to
I meant . . .
(ex: from 'F' in your flaps to "up arrow")
Perhaps when I used less than and greater than signs the comment code thought I was entering html? Hmm lets test this
Am I bold
Yup the Add Comment code stips the items inside the less than and greater than "brackets"
All the above comments reflect my experience as well. Looks like a powerful model, but too hard to figure out how to use it. Also the "about" tabs are too dense and seem to repeat some of the information. Shorten them up, allow the font to be bigger, give an overall introduction to what you are illustrating, maybe include a line about what students or subject areas this would be useful for, etc.
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