Multimedia Gallery Storyboard Feedback from C3
13 May 2003
1. According to the storyboard, if no sound was embedded, the user will see a message to that
effect when they click the Sound tab. I would prefer the Sound tab be an on/off control: off
(invisible) if there isn't any sound, and on (visible) if there is sound. We will move the sound
controls so that they are no longer inside a tab. They will be visible at all times when sound is
included in the applet and invisible when the applet contains no sound.
2. I'd like the Menu tab to not only open a text menu, but also to allow for thumbnails of the
images, which you can click on to open the full screen about that image. Likewise when one
prints, I think the thumbnails should print out as well. This feature would make the interactive far
richer and appropriate for K-2 students. This is a great idea, but there are some size and space
constraints that may make it unworkable. In order to include 10 thumbnails in the menu section,
the thumbnails have to be so small that they are difficult to view. We are investigating some ways
to make this work and will include thumbnails if at all possible.
3. I would like to clarify that if you choose to embed a quiz into the Gallery, the tab "Take Notes"
will change to "Quiz." Correct. Also, is only one embedded applet permitted per Gallery? Or,
could you embed the Note Taker and then link to a quiz (using the Quiz Maker) at the end of the
applet? We can add a link option to the backend form. Any embedded applets will be available
via the tab during the entire slideshow. Links to a linked applet (if added) will appear at the end of
We remain concerned that there is no way to save notes or quiz results. Is there really no
way to save your notes? It would definitely be better. Unfortunately, there is no way for
students to save their work at this time. That would involve an entire support system that
is not within the scope of this phase of the project. Allowing students to save their work is
planned as part of a later phase of the project.
Is record ID number auto assigned? The record ID number is auto assigned when you save
Where does this live? Where are the images/audio clips stored—are they uploaded
somewhere? This will affect what other fields we would like to see for our own tracking and
connection to documentation. The images, audio clips and applets will be stored on a
central, dedicated server at MCI.
What flavors of media are supported? File formats, stereo/mono, bitrates, etc—we need
concrete standards for the audio clips before we sign off, and we would prefer the format be
WAV, RM, or MP3. Audio clips will need to be in MP3 format. Specifics for file formats and
sizes will be included in the help button on the backend page of the applet.
Is video supported; if so, in what flavor? Unfortunately, the inclusion of video is not within
the current scope of the project.
We need a field for Headline or other title to appear on each page, apart from the Title for
the whole show. Yes. We will include a separate entry form for a title for each slide. These
titles will appear in the menu, as well as beside the image when printed.
We would like to have a field for internal titling, also—Partner Gallery Title, for example, that
is not necessarily shown to the public side. Can you please clarify this? Perhaps give us
some examples of how you would use this field?
How long is the text field? That will need to be determined as the applet is being built. The
space shown on the storyboard is approximately the space that will be available in the
Can we change the colors, font sizes on the display, or is this templated to one size, only. I
would like to see a choice of font size dependent on the grade level it‘s aimed at and/or the
length of the supporting text. Font size, color, and type will be customizable on the backend
form using a rich text editor.
Embed options: do these have a separate admin/creation tool, and where are they
connected? Do they all go through this process, or can we upload specific documents? I
need clarification on this part, please, before I can see how the notes (etc) section works.
The tools that are available to be embedded are each other applets that are being created
through this project. The Partner would create the tool (a quiz using the QuizMaker applet in
development or a Venn diagram using the Venn in development, etc.), then embed it in the
Multimedia Gallery by entering its ID number on the backend form. Another applet can also
be linked to the Gallery in the same manner. If no applet is embedded, students would see
the note-taker in the tab as shown on the storyboard. If an applet, such as the Venn
diagram, is embedded by the Partner, students would launch it by clicking on the tab
(instead on reading note-taker, the tab would then read Venn diagram). The applet would
appear in a separate window that could be minimized and maximized and remain usable
throughout the applet. If an applet is linked by the Partner, that applet will launch only at the
end of the Gallery applet.
What are the maximum dimensions? Is there an enlarge option? Again, the exact
dimensions will be determined as the applet is being built. We will make it as large as
possible. An enlarge option is not included.
Is it possible to embed hyperlinks in the gallery? It would be great, to have embedded
hyperlinks for more information, which would spawn a browser window to pop up, but
when the user finishes reading it, they could go back to the same place they were in the
gallery. Yes, hyperlinks can be included using basic html. Instructions for how to do this
(simple) will be available in the appropriate help fields on the backend form.
Is it possible to see two images side by side? May be useful in terms of comparison.
Unfortunately, that is not possible at this time. But you can easily click back and forth
between images using the ―menu‖.
Like to see the basic sound controls promoted to a constant placement on the page (i.e.,
if there is sound, at least stop and start are visible) Sound will be moved out of the tab
and will be visible at all times when sound is included in the applet.
Would it be possible to include a tools box that would allow students to mark or alter an
image in order to answer specific questions? While that is an interesting idea, it is not
within the current scope of the project. We‘ll keep this in mind for a future interactive.
Very nice. Out of curiosity, if we wanted to force an ‗intermediated‘, sequential
presentation could we do so? In other words, does this allow for a way to force the user
to take a next-step (such as filling in notes)? Great idea! We will include a field on the
backend form in which Partners can choose to prevent students from continuing to the
next slide until something has been entered in the Notes for the current slide. Once
selected, this mandatory note-taking would apply to every slide in that gallery. If this is
not selected, students will be able to move through the gallery freely.
Please put guidance on function [click to close] rather than having them have to figure it
out. We will include this.
Does this go straight to the spool? How do you envision this working? It will print just like
a Word or other document, by opening up the Print dialogue box.
Font on the tabs could be bigger – hard to read at present. We will make them as large
as possible given space constraints. By removing the sound tab, we can make each of
the others larger.
This part seems fine, but is there any additional functionality for other embedded things
that could go in this tab-area? Please give more detail there if it is a this-phase
In terms of the ―Take note‖ or quiz tab, is the following possible?
1. Option for student and/or MP partner to create chart: with numbers of rows/columns,
title, etc. Yes. Through the chart applet in development
2. Option to create a flow chart with arrows between boxes. Not exactly, but the
sequencer tool in development may meet this need.
3. Option to create text boxes. I am not exactly sure what was meant here. The take
notes (default) section will allow students to type directly into that space. Partners,
however, will not be able to intersperse their text with the student‘s text in this area.
If a student is taking a quiz that corresponds to each page, is the only way to get to it to
open the tab each time? How do you look at an image to answer a question if the image
is covered by the applet? Unfortunately, there is just not enough space on the screen for
the image, text about the image, and another applet such as a quiz or Venn diagram. The
embedded applet (Venn or quiz, etc.) can be easily maximized or minimized so that
students can see the image. It is an optional feature. Partners can elect to use it or not
use it for each gallery.
What is the format of the quiz? Can the partner choose any form of a quiz? (ex: multiple
choice, free response to certain questions, etc.) Would there be a way for the answers to
be checked while in the gallery or do they have to print it out for the teacher to check?
The quiz would be created and saved using the Quiz Maker interactive currently in
development. The Quiz Maker allows Partners to choose between multiple choice,
true/false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and combination quizzes. Partners can also
select the type of feedback they wish the student to receive (immediate feedback with a
try again and/or hint, immediate feedback with correction, score at end). Immediate
feedback will not be available for short answer or fill-in-the-blank questions.
Great, just fine.
Sound menu and SoundClip page
Again, I would like the if/then show/hide to have the basic control console visible. We will
make the basic controls visible at all times when sound is included in the applet.
Return to Beginning and return to previous should be prominent. Ok.
Sample Print page
Comments: My overall impression is that I do like it, and especially like the features on notes for
individual student input.
From the looks of it, this tool will be similar to MS PowerPoint, in that you can create a "slide
show" for Web users to view. The student will usually be the primary audience, although partners
may also choose to create presentations for teachers as well. Am I correct in this interpretation?
…I don't know how much I will use this tool. I am already very familiar with PowerPoint and can
easily whip up a presentation in no time flat, and PowerPoint allows much more flexibility in terms
of slide layout and design (unless this tool is just as flexible, but couldn't portray that in the demo).
But perhaps I'm missing the purpose of this tool and how it is supposed to be different from
PowerPoint. While similar on a basic level, this tool differs from PowerPoint in several ways. This
tool is not intended for creating presentations in the same way that PowerPoint is. It is intended
as a means for showcasing images and sound, and providing tools for the students to interact
with those images and sound in one convenient place. One advantage is that users do not need
the PowerPoint program to be able to use this tool. Partners need not be familiar with any
particular program to create the galleries; they simply need to fill in a form and upload the
appropriately formatted items. Also, students can interact with the slide show in this applet by
taking notes, filling in a chart, etc. as they are viewing the images, listening to the sound, etc. In
addition, the applet does not require any specialized knowledge for the user to operate.
Can you (the back-end user) manipulate page layout, font style, size and color? The
back-end user will be able to manipulate font style, size and color. However, in order to
make this tool as flexible as possible in other ways, we do need to limit it to just one
Can you insert backgrounds and animations? At this time, that is not within the scope of
Can you put more than one picture on a page? No. While not impossible, adding 2
images per page will create several difficulties. However, students will be able to navigate
back and forth between images easily for comparison. Change the size and placement of
pictures? The image can be any shape, but the size will need to fit within certain
parameters. Again, in order to provide flexibility in other areas, the image placement will
not be changeable.
Do you have to have 10 slides? What if you want more or less? You can include as many
slides as you want, up to ten. 10 is the maximum number for each gallery.
Can you change the order of slides? Yes. On the back-end form, Partners will be able to
easily rearrange slides they have already entered.
Are the basic cut, copy, and paste functions available in the form? Yes
Will the back-end form stretch out to be very long, or will each slide have its own form? It
seems like it will be quite lengthy and tedious to enter data in, with a lot of back-and-forth
to see what the final product will look like. The exact format the back-end will take needs
to be decided as it is being built. It will depend on how sound and image uploads affect
the speed of the form, etc. Filling in the data shouldn‘t take any longer than it would in
another program such as PowerPoint. Partner will be able go back and change, add, or
delete images, sound, and text for each slide after completing the form and viewing their
Where does the student input their name? The print screen reminds them to do so, but I
don't see any place for it. Maybe this is included in the quiz/ note-taking applets? Space
for the student to enter their name is included on the note-taking page (see slide 7)
Can you include hyperlinks within the text? Yes. You will need to use basic html coding to
identify the link. We will include instructions for how to do this (very simple) in the help
button beside the text entry on the form. If so, can you link to attached documents you
created yourself (e.g., PDFs), or must you link to a web page? Yes. You will be able to
link to documents you have created. I suppose you could attach documents as an image,
but what if it is a full-page document with small type? Will students be able to click on the
image to see a larger version? Unfortunately, for technical and spatial reasons, students
will not be able to click on the image to see a larger version.
When students are taking notes, they cannot see the text that goes with the slide (can
only see the picture). It seems rather annoying to have to memorize your notes, click on a
button, then type them in, rather than just copying what the eye can see on the page.
Again, too much back-and-forth. But perhaps MP is trying to get kids to write notes in
their own words, rather than copying verbatim what is already on-screen. If this is the
intent, I guess it is okay, but I remember teachers trying to manipulate me with such tricks
when I was in middle- and high-school, and it always annoyed me. In order to make the
best use of space, the note-taking area has to temporarily replace an existing item on the
screen. Since the purpose of this applet is to showcase images and sound, we felt it
would be better to temporarily replace the text space with the note-taker than to hide the
image from view. The ―tricky‖ aspect is just an unintentional side effect.
Will slides be viewed as full-screen or their current size? A bit larger than their current
size, but not quite full screen.
I don't see the design as particularly engaging. The colors are bold and off to the side,
the pictures can be rather small, and the text is really hard to read with that gray diamond
background. The colors that are off to the side are part of the PowerPoint presentation
and will not appear in the applet. The area inside the black rectangle reflects what will
actually be seen in the applet. ―Skins‖ tailored for each Partner will replace the plain black
outline around the perimeter. Also, if this is to be used for lower grades, the text should
be bigger. Partner can change that on the back-end. Larger text will, of course, mean
fewer words can be included. I see the background behind the text as the biggest design
problem, mainly because of eye strain while reading. The others I can live with. On the
storyboard, the text background is gray. There should be no pattern behind it. The text
background on the actual applet will also be solid and will vary depending on the Partner
it is being used by. ―Skins‖ developed to complement each individual Partner site will
frame the applet and interior colors will change to coordinate with the skin.
Can we include a readability index to ensure that the on-screen text is appropriate for the
intended audience? Not at this time. The back-end form is actually an html form.
However, readability index can be run independently by the Partner in Word or another
word processing program. .
Who will be the users in Phase 2? If students will use this in the future to prepare their
own slide shows, it will have to be more kid-friendly on the back end and include more
instructions. In phase 2, the applets (for the most part) will be adapted so that teachers
can use the back-end form and save their product. Some applets or features of some
applets may not be available to teachers because of potential problems created by
uploading images, sound, etc.
How do you save your slide show during creation? I don't see a save button on the form.
The save button does not appear on the slide that shows the back-end form on the
storyboard. It would be at the bottom of the form (not shown). The sample of the back-
end form shown on the storyboard is just intended to give a general idea of the kinds of
things Partners will be able to control, and does not include all aspects of the back-end
form. Do you have to create all at once, or can you come back to it and edit? Would this
be housed on the MP server for us to link to from our lesson, or can we save as a
document on our own computer? What kind of document would this be? Interactives will
be housed on one central server at MCI. There will be a way to save the applet and to
return and edit it. The system for logging in and retrieving created applets for editing will
apply to all the applets and not just this one. It is in the process of being developed by the
MarcoPolo technology staff and will be explained and demonstrated prior to the launch of
any of the applets.
Might want to rename the "slide" slide transition on the back end. A bit confusing to use
multiple meanings of one word in the same field. (I'm assuming the "slide" slide transition
would slide the slide off the screen to the side --- see what I mean?) PowerPoint uses the
words "cover," "uncover," and "wipe" to describe this type of transition. We will rename to
avoid any confusion.
What does the printed version of the slide show look like? I think most teachers would
prefer 3-6 slides to a page, so they can save as much paper as possible. We will need to
determine the exact nature of the print feature as it is being built. Currently, we are
investigating having only thumbnails print beside the corresponding student work, or
including two separate print buttons so that students can separately choose to print their
work and the images and text from the gallery. In any case, we will fit as many slides per
page as space allows.
Sample scenarios for using this tool: These are all excellent and imaginative ways to incorporate
this tool into your lessons. Thank you for taking the time to do this.
-- Writing (or drafting) activities that include questions related to an image. These might be
questions that ask students to think about different perspectives, for instance see our lesson "A
Picture's Worth a Thousand Words: From Image to Detailed Narrative"
(http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=116). In this lesson, students choose
an aspect of an image to examine in more detail, fleshing out a narrative of what the person is
thinking, what happened before the event depicted, and so forth. With this gallery tool, we could
create a series of slides that focus on particular details in a sample image, asking students to
consider what the person might be thinking, why the person has made certain choices, and so
-- Close readings of various genre. With environmental images highlighted and related questions,
the gallery could be used to ask students to do close reading of the cultural and societal meaning
of images such as an advertisement for a fast-food restaurant, signage at a hospital, or other
images that they may see regularly in their environment.
-- Guided exploration of environmental language. With the image highlighting "found" language --
billboards, posters on the window at McDonalds, street signs, and so forth, emerging readers as
well as second language learners could explore what how their literacy skills develop by day-to-
day interaction with text that appears in the world around them (see From Stop Signs to the
Golden Arches: Environmental Print --
http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=27). It's likely that a teacher would
work through such a slide show with students, rather than having students use the show alone.
However, with voice-over instructions, students could perhaps navigate the show on their own.
-- Examine media techniques with film highlighted in the image area. If short film clips can be
included, the tool could be used to examine a variety of narrative techniques used in film and text
(flashback, flash forward, etc.) as well as explore how an image might be given special meaning
by people's interaction with it. We could highlight close readings of films in ways that enhance
some of our current lessons (e.g., Writing a Flashback and Flash-Forward Story Using Movies
and Texts as Models -- http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=94, or Get the
Reel Scoop: Comparing Books to Movies --
-- Textual analysis with short text (or an image of short text) highlighted in the image area. With a
poem or a short passage from a longer story, the gallery and questions could help writers explore
a variety of issues in the text. An activity such as the Line Break Explorer (the interactive with the
Bubbles poem -- http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/lb_explorer/) could be created within the
-- Textual analysis of longer texts (a short student essay, for instance). Using the same
techniques as the Line Break Explorer to highlight parts of a text, the gallery could be used to
demonstrate peer review and revision techniques. Functionally, this use would be similar to the
previous item; however, if we can incorporate a checklist (rather than a quiz), it could be a rather
robust way to demonstrate peer review techniques to students.
1. What are the formatting and layout options for the text that appears with the image? Can we
use italics, bold? Is there control over line breaks? Will we have the ability to center, left justify, or
right justify? [We're thinking of options where we might use quotations from poems and the like
and will need more formatting control] Yes to all of the above. A rich text editor will be included so
that extensive formatting is possible.
2. The print mechanism seems to print only the Notes. Is there a way to print out the text and
slides. We will add some way of printing out the images as well as the student work. As noted
above, the exact form this will take will need to be determined through testing as the applet is
3. What is the limit on the length of the notes? [We'd like students to provide more than a short
phrase as an answer. We're thinking that the tool might be used for gathering ideas for longer
pieces of writing (essentially for prewriting, freewriting, brainstorming, and so forth)]. The actual
limits will need to be determined as the tool is built, based on space considerations. Essentially,
students will have all the visible space within the note-taking tool for their writings for each slide.
They will scroll to see what they wrote for other slides. Also, keep in mind that other applets
(chart, Venn) can be embedded in this one.
4. (And this may be a question related more to the Quiz tool) Can we control what the tab for
'Quiz' says? No. The tab will reflect the particular tool that is embedded. We'd be more likely to
want it to say 'Checklist.' [We can see ways to use the tool for peer review, but peer review
shouldn't be a 'quiz'] We are creating an assessment toolbox (similar to an online rubric) as one
of the interactives. Perhaps a link to that would be closer to what you are looking for than the
quiz. We can include that as one of the options in the drop-down menu.
5. This tool seems set up to highlight an image. Could we put text in that area of the screen--for
instance, a short poem or a passage from a novel? Could the area hold scrolling text? [We're
thinking that the tool could be used for close textual analysis, but as it seems to be set up now,
we'd have to create images of the text rather than simply using the text itself] We will add the
capability to add text in the place of an image. Unfortunately, the text will not be able to scroll. On
the back-end form, Partner will select either image or text. They will then either upload an image
or fill in another text box.
6. Could the image be an mpeg or QuickTime movie (or are we limited to jpgs, gifs and the like)?
[We'd like to be able to use the tool for close study of film techniques (such as flashback). Our
standards and position statements include an emphasis on critical literacy that extends beyond
text to images, video, and so forth.] Unfortunately, video is outside the current scope of this
project. It may be possible in a later phase.
Not sure the sound option needs to be a tab. It might be better to have a standard sound
image/options appear on the slide when applicable. Or if the tab works best have it
appear only when applicable. Sound will be moved out of the tab and will be visible at all
times when sound is included in the applet.
Consider using ―Contents‖ rather than ―Menu‖ on the first tab. Much better! We will make
The Print tab should be at the end…as most of the time students won‘t print until the end.
It‘s not a main function of going through the gallery. Yes. We will rearrange the tabs to be
For older students, a ―Related Resources‖ option could be useful. This option would
provide hyperlinks and descriptor. We will add an option for Partners to enter a ―for
further information‖ section at the end of the applet. Hyperlinks can also be embedded
within the text for each slide.
On the ―Menu‖ feature, consider adding thumbnail image options. This is a great idea, but
there are some size and space constraints that may make it unworkable. In order to
include 10 thumbnails in the menu section, the thumbnails have to be so small that they
are difficult to view. We are investigating some ways to make this work and will include
thumbnails if at all possible.
A good example that makes use of a rollover function, thus not having to show every
thumbnail at once can be found at…
http://www.macromedia.com/software/mx/presentation/. This example is also a bit more
sophisticated and perhaps some of the options/design here could be incorporated into
the upper level design. It is a very nice design. Unfortunately, it may be a bit difficult for
younger students to navigate. So, we will create an alternative design for the upper
grades that incorporates some of the elements in your example. On the back-end form,
Partners would select either K-5 or 6-12, and their entries would be routed to the
What appears when the help button is chosen from this page? Students will get some
overall instructions on how to navigate and what each of the tabs does.
What are the options for printing? Can student print slides or just the notes? We will add
some way of printing out the images as well as the student work. As noted above, the
exact form this will take will need to be determined through testing as the applet is being
Need clarification on where the applet, diagram, etc. would actually appear for the
student. It seems intuitive to find that information in the individual slide text rather than in
the student notes section. Any embedded tools will actually cover the slide when they are
opened to make them large enough to be usable. (Imagine, for example, the Venn
diagram tool embedded into the space allotted for text related to the slide. It would be
unusable.) They can be opened and closed (actually maximized and minimized) as long
as the original Gallery is open. As requested, we will also add a link feature. If the Partner
links to another applet, rather than embedding it, that applet will open at the end of the
slideshow. Also, can hyperlinks be imbedded within the text section for any slide? Yes.
Using basic html.
What are the constraints/parameters for the note taking feature? Are students limited to
just one printed page? The parameters will need to be determined as the applet is being
built. Students will not be limited to one printed page.
What changes will be made for age appropriateness? Will the upper level be more
sophisticated? At your suggestion, we will create a variation of the design for upper
grades as noted above.
How many applets, diagrams, etc. can be used per slide and/or gallery show? 1
embedded and 1 linked.
Does each slide need to have a title? Yes. Titles will appear on the menu and when
Comments: I agree with all your comments.
I might be missing something here, but I'm not clear exactly what the student's role is in creating
his or her own work. Is it that they take notes, create a Venn diagram, or otherwise add to the
gallery that has already been created by the Partner? If that's the case, then I especially like your
3rd comment. At this point, the students will not be able to use this tool to create his or her own
work. The student will be able to view images, listen to sound, and take notes, etc. based on what
they see and hear. As stated above, we will add the option for Partner to create a link to a second
interactive at the end.
I think on a larger scale, students could choose to create their own galleries with a preselected
pool of photos, and create the captions and text themselves. Or they could be presented with the
photos or audio clips and have to write the accompanying text, based on what they have learned
in the lesson. Would this be possible? Unfortunately, students cannot create the galleries
themselves at this phase of development. However, your suggestion for letting Partners supply
the images or sound and students write the accompanying caption/text is an excellent one. It is a
simple way to add a whole new dimension to the applet! We will incorporate it into the final applet.
Partners will be able to choose either to enter text in the text field beside the image box or to
allow students to do so. The selection will apply to each slide in the gallery.
Thanks--this is all really exciting!