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  Feature Name: Focus Pyramid
Author: Beat Schwendimann

Category: Visualization Tools (pre-designed): Data Visualizations

Subject: Life sciences

Kind: Element/Applet

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Software URL: WISE

Created by: WISE

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This Feature is connected to (4) Principles
  • Provide knowledge representation and organization tools
  • Use multiple representations
  • Design prompts for planning and monitoring
  • Create a clear and engaging flow of activities
    Feature in Visual Map
    On the top of each page is a pyramid symbol that indicates to the students on which content-level the current page is focusing.
    The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
    The WISE module Space Colonies aims to connect students knowledge across different levels and contents in biology. Students receive scaffolding to support their building of connections between levels (DNA, cell, organism, population) and content (cell biology, genetics, evolution). Identifying the current level of presented evidence in a focus pyramid helps to build a meta-awareness of the different levels.
    Context of Use:
    Particularly in biology, students have to think on different levels, e.g. DNA, cell, organ, organism, population.
    Field-based Evidence:
    Visually identifying the current content-level helps students to understand the content of the presented information better and stresses the point that there are different but connected levels.