Making a Prototype

We’re so used to showing the best versions of our work that letting others see rough ideas, sketches, or unfinished work can be embarrassing or intimidating. But as teachers-in-training, we know the value of receiving feedback at the right moment – when we get the feedback we need before we’ve spent too much time coming up with “the perfect version,” there’s enough time to improve, change direction, or even start over. This is why we create prototypes.

A prototype is a tangible version of our ideas. It’s a simple, experimental model that we can build quickly and cheaply so that we can show others and get their feedback. We prototype because it’s rare to get output perfect the first time; success is the product of trial and error. Creating prototypes and asking for feedback gives us an opportunity to improve our work.

The initial inventory of resources that you made in the last module is a kind of prototype as it allowed you to get feedback on the learning resources that you curated. 

In this activity, you will make a prototype of your final Playlist Gift. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Choose a container for your Playlist Gift. Where will you put your Playlist Gift? The examples we shared were made on Google Sites but you can select other tools like Wix, Padlet, Google Slides, YouTube, and the like as long as it considers the context of the learner.
  2. Build your prototype. What does your Playlist Gift look like? What’s the first thing that your learner will see when they receive your playlist? Remember that a prototype is a simple model, made quickly and cheaply so you can show someone and get their feedback. Spend no more than one hour putting your prototype together and keep the project rubrics in mind:
CredibleThe resources should all have credible sources.
Meaningfully arrangedThe playlist should be aligned to a learning outcome. The playlist should also have a logical flow (e.g. chronological, expository, general to specific)
Substantial amountThe playlist should have at least 7 resources
User-friendlyThe playlist should have clear navigation, headers, and page structures.
Fit for the learners’ contextThe playlist should use appropriate technologies, modalities, and formats for the target learners.
Demonstrates good multimedia learning and EdTech fundamentalsThe playlist resources should practice concepts such as Cognitive Multimedia Learning, SAMR, User Experience Design, and the like.
Sound pedagogyThe playlist should apply basic learning theories in the arrangement and content choices.

If you want to check out some sample Playlist Gifts, you can go through the samples below:

If you want to know more about making prototypes, you can go through the resources below:

Making a Prototype – Habi Plus