EDCI ASSIGNMENT 4 PROJECT

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How to build custom keyboard

A right keyboard could last your entire lifetime; however, finding that keyboard is another matter entirely.  There are thousands of kinds of keyboards on the market with their own pros and cons. For instance, membrane keyboards, one of the most common keyboards, are good at resisting dirt and liquids but there is no tactile feedback to the user. Trying them all seems a waste of time and money. Therefore, building a custom keyboard becomes a better way to find your endgame keyboard.

Components of a keyboard

      First of all, let’s take a look at the necessary components of a keyboard. From bottom to top, a keyboard has 3 parts

1. keyboard base

2. switches

3. keycaps

      Switches and keycaps are relatively simple. On the other hand, a keyboard base has multiple layers including case, plate, circuit board (PCB) and stabilizers.

Pick PCB, case, mounting plate and cables.

      The keyboard base is composed of 4 layers which means it is highly customizable.

The first and most important layer is the PCB as it determines the size and features. Although the most common sizes are 75%, TKL and Full-Sized, there are still a lot of other choices on the market.

Based on the PCB size, we can start to pick cases. The cases are often made of Plastic, Aluminum, Acrylic, Brass, or Polycarbonate Material. We can choose different case materials depending on 3 aspects : durable, aesthetic, or see-through.

      Plate is an optional layer. However, we recommend installing it because it helps hold everything together and improves the build durability. There are different material types but they don’t affect the plate quality too much. Therefore, we can pick anything we want.

      The Stabilizers are the most complex component. Also, there are a ton of different mounting styles and options for them. Fortunately, there are a lot of plates that have them installed. If you want to build them on yourself, we recommend this link for more details.

      Although, cables are not one of the components. But we believe it is also worth mentioning. Because of the different case structures, some of the cases need special cable in order to connect to computers.

Identify different kinds of switches

Tutorial Video:

Pick keycaps

      Keycaps are also essential to us because they set the aesthetic for the keyboard. The most common keycaps on the market are either made of ABS or PBT. There are no obvious advantages between them so you should decide which is best for you.

PBTExpensive, Durable,Matte,Textured
ABSCheap,Smooth,Quieter,Shiny

Assemble components

The Modality Principle:

  • We presented words as speech rather than on-screen text during the video so that learners will learn better when new information is explained by audio narration than on-screen text.

The Multimedia Principle:

  • The tutorial video contains text and pictures so that students learn and understand better with the materials.

The Voice Principle:

  • We used human voice recording in the tutorial video so it is easier for students to hear and comprehend.

The Segmenting Principle:

  • The video itself follows the Segmenting Principle since students can learn at their own pace by pausing the video at any time.

The Signaling Principle:

  • We used bullet points to list the components.
  • Also we used hyperlink to a mini website so that learners can explore more knowledge.
  • Highlight the important parts of the text helps learns to focous.

The Redundancy Principle:

  • We used short/ clear text and graphs in our infographic.

Assignment 3B: Core Multimedia Skills

Through the lens of multimedia learning, the dual-code theory and the cognitive load theory proves to be effective in the persuasive manner that Billy Graham approached his TED talk regarding the technology, faith and human shortcomings. The narrator applies the cognitive load theory on the basis that it improves the working memory of the audience listening to his talk. This is because a working memory is finite. It reveals that an overloaded working memory is bound to forget things due to the encoding and long-term storage in mental models. Hence, in Graham TED talk, the cognitive load theory was applied on the basis that humans can learn effectively by not using distracting materials. The stage was simple and directly focused on the narrator. One message per slide would be appropriate in that the presentation should only use information that the learner needs. Nevertheless, Billy’s TED talk displayed the use of a dual-code theory by merging the use of verbal and visual information to represent the right information that needs to be projected. According to Billy’s TED talk, he was able to vary the tone of his voice as he presented. He mainly captivated the audience by pausing at transitional points that clearly indicated when the narrator was moving to another important point that dictates the importance of the presentation.

BLOG for Brianna

I really like your twin story! It is a perfect example of coherence principle because the pictures and text are well balanced. Moreover, the principle you have mentioned is mostly alike with mine. Expect I forgot the Signaling Principle.

Overall, your blog post shows Signaling Principle by bolding the text and Segmenting Principle by splitting sections. Although you have added a picture to show coherence principle, I wonder if choose a more related picture will be more helpful for reader.

BLOG review for Alison

The first thing I noticed is the fantastic Sketchnote. This is one of the best Sketchnote I have seen so far! Moreover, the overall blog is following the segment and coherence principle. The four principles that you have explained was a perfect match with what I wrote in the blog.

To be honest, there is not much I can improve. This is a perfect blog for Drawing and Sketchnoting. Again, I love the cookie recipe sketch!

BLOG review for Feng

I really enjoy the twin story you have created. It took me a few time to figure out all the scenes. I agreed that the Twin story followed Segmenting and Personalization principle . However, I wonder if it is also followed the coherence principle. Also I wonder if adding some visual images will help the reader focus because of the coherence principle

I think use Twine Story as an educational resource is a perfect idea. I talked about it in my post as well. Stories are easier to remember than facts

BLOG# 9

The game followed Contiguity Principle and Segmenting Principle.

The game did not follow Coherence Principle.

I think adding audio will be helpful due to the coherence principle.

Sketchnoting followed Signaling Principle and Modality Principle

BLOG# 8

Through the lens of multimedia learning, the dual-code theory and the cognitive load theory proves to be effective in the persuasive manner that Billy Graham approached his TED talk regarding the technology, faith and human shortcomings. The narrator applies the cognitive load theory on the basis that it improves the working memory of the audience listening to his talk. This is because a working memory is finite. It reveals that an overloaded working memory is bound to forget things due to the encoding and long-term storage in mental models. Hence, in Graham TED talk, the cognitive load theory was applied on the basis that humans can learn effectively by not using distracting materials. The stage was simple and directly focused on the narrator. One message per slide would be appropriate in that the presentation should only use information that the learner needs. Nevertheless, Billy’s TED talk displayed the use of a dual-code theory by merging the use of verbal and visual information to represent the right information that needs to be projected. According to Billy’s TED talk, he was able to vary the tone of his voice as he presented. He mainly captivated the audience by pausing at transitional points that clearly indicated when the narrator was moving to another important point that dictates the importance of the presentation.

BLOG# 7

Twin story is a perfect platform to create interactive stories. For my own story, the first principle that I can relate is Coherence Principle. I put the pictures, related to text, in each page. The pictures will coherence with text to help learner learn better. Another related principle is Learner control Principle. By giving reader control of the next and previous step buttons, reader can read text on their own pace.

Twin story gives learner control of their choice in the story. Therefore, I think it is perfect for educate minors. By choosing action on their own, they will learn the consequences of their actions.  Teaching them by stories are always easier to reason with them.

Assignment 3: Core Multimedia Skills

H5p video is the one I decided to update. Although I did not submit H5P for assignment 2, reviewing others’ H5P videos gave me a idea about what I need to improve.

Based on Multimedia Learning Principles, I started to evaluate my video. The first thing I improved was the signaling principle. According to the principle, highlight important highlight enhances learner’s attention. Therefore I added the ‘auto-focus’  to my mouse. The second thing I improved was the coherence principle. In the questions I had before, I asked 2 irrelevant questions which will decrease learning and increase cognitive load.

Moreover, I added more questions to interact with learners. All of them are based on learning materials so learners will be more easier to focus. At the end of video, I added text boxes to encourage learners and make them have a sense of accomplishment.

BLOG review for Alison

I really enjoyed the first section about benefit of multimedia lesson plan. It is well organized and  gives me some new perspectives. I also likes how you related principles to the videos with embedded multiple-choice questions.

I am wondering if add more questions in the interactive video regarding the learning material would help readers to focus.

H5P Interactive Video: Powtoon

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