'Tidying' exercise


I wondered if you could help me figure out how to make something like this work...

I want the learners to have to arrange a number of items in a way that is 'right' - however, there are many different possibilities for what the right answer will be.

I've probably lost you here, but bare with me.

Imagine a desk.

Image some items; paper, glue, scissors, paint, brushes, all in a pile on the side of the screen or on the desk.

The task will be something like; arrange these items so that they are supporting the childs learning in the best way possible.

Then, my idea is that they drag and drop the items into some kind of order on the desk...

I,e potential outcome of paper in middle of the desk, scissors to the right hand side, glue slightly out of reach, paint and brushes near each other on one side of the paper.

My issue being that as long as the items are arranged in some kind of order, the answer is right.

Should I just write this off as unachievable....??

8 Replies
Mike Enders


Another way to achieve this is to do something similar to David Anderson's setting the table drag and drop.  You'd forgo the individual item feedback in exchange for a more global approach. I think it could work great for your project.

Here's a link to David's example:



Judith Blackbourn

Hey, Mike, David's example was a great way of explaining free-form drag and drop, but it didn't go on to explain how the learner's outcome was critiqued.

Below the table setting is a button that says Check My Table. How would you go about determining if the learner correctly completed the exercise?

David, can you comment?