Scenario 2 – “Teacher Mari is having traffic lesson day outside the classroom”

Mari has organized traffic lesson day in Traffic City in Laitse Rally Park. She has previously used printed sheets with signs and explanations, but her pupils were not engaged and did not pay attention on learning points. Now she has discovered this new Traffic signs app and instead of having tons of paper printed out she has asked that all her pupils would take their phones with them. As the place is outside Tallinn they will have 1 hour bus trip to Traffic City and Mari introduces the app to her pupils and explains how the day will be organized.

When they arrive at Laitse Rally Park, they will be given short introduction about the park layout and then jump right into traffic. At first they walk around and have a glance on different signs and discuss which of them they already know, in which places they have seen the sign and what they think it means. Mari then asks the pupils to search the signs from app and read the explanation and then they discuss how pupils understand the meaning and how they should act in real traffic situation. If it is not clear, they will watch small videos.

In first round everybody reads themselves and on second round they will have small quiz about traffic signs.

Questions:

  1. Is this scenario realistic to you, would you use the app like described in scenario?
  2. Does it sound good idea to have traffic day outside the classroom?
  3. Would you do anything differently?
  4. How long you see you would use the app (in the traffic lesson day)?
  5. Would you use testing module for quiz or rather paper based test?
  6. If you would have two teachers giving the lesson what would you do differently?
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6 thoughts on “Scenario 2 – “Teacher Mari is having traffic lesson day outside the classroom”

  1. “Marieh Sayadchi”:
    The scenario and the setting of event seems totally realistic to me. The questions on the other hand were somehow hard to connect to the design goal. The teacher persona was your secondary persona, so using in a classroom setting was not the goal of your design(or is it?). My feelings were the questions are too general and too specific to teaching itself not to the tool that you are developing.(of course it is what I see totally from outside, you may have really good reasons to design the questions this way)

    Questions and answers
    Is this scenario realistic to you, would you use the app like described in scenario?
    – Yes it makes sense to avoid unnecessary paper waste. the app also might be more engaging.

    Does it sound good idea to have traffic day outside the classroom?
    -I am curious to know how this question contributes to the design of the app, but i think it will be even more effective to teach such lessons outside the class and in (close to)real settings.

    Would you do anything differently?
    -If I was the teacher, considering one hour ride is relatively long, I would start asking students to use the app in the bus, by asking them to find their favourite sign or ..

    How long you see you would use the app (in the traffic lesson day)?
    -well it depends, the use described in the scenario was realistic enough.

    Would you use testing module for quiz or rather paper based test?
    -I dont deny the possibility. in case the results of test would not be important as grading and only had educational reason. otherwise how could I collect answers of different students?

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    • nelepiir says:

      Thank you for your valuable input, it is helpful!
      Also seen in our design session, this scenario might be realistic but most likely the app would be used in classroom as then it allows to use all functionalities that we have planned.

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  2. kadri-maria says:

    The overall scenario seems realistic. As a learning medium, the phone is great, I also like the idea of having such a lesson in open air. The only concerning thing is possibly creating a habit of operating in the traffic and looking at one’s phone simultaneously (practiced by adults to a large extent already), so the reflecting and testing part should perhaps be held separately.

    The testing module is more convenient than on paper, since the answers would be saved and later accessible from various devices.

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  3. katersh says:

    Personaly I can’t relate to the idea of outside lesson, probably that might be fun once, but not as a compulsory. The weather might be to cold or rainy.

    As an idea would be nice for teacher to get all pupils results and see the overall problem and speak about it in class.
    And I don’t see the relation between paper and electrons test, cause people will take the test in the form they were given by teacher. But in general electronic ones are more sustainable.

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  4. For me it is a bit difficult to imagine such scenario.
    Open air activities seem to be nice idea and engaging event, so pupils do not have to use apps. Checking signs on the app could be like preparation homework before they go to the park.
    The app could be used on the buss with some warm-up game. Like guess the sign from description.
    In my opinion both, combination of the paper signs in the park and the app, are good.

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  5. The scenario doesn’t specify the age or grade of the students. I guess that this kind of activity would take place with younger students. In that case I am not sure if the user interface design that is made for adult learners would be as suitable for kids.

    I think in a typical usage scenario for outdoor learning the students are checking the app once in a while, not using it constantly. So this is different from somebody using in at home while sitting in a sofa.

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