To all e-learning heroes....make this educational dream a reality!
Hello Course/LMS experts,
We really hope someone in this community could help with their expertise and insight for this great cause. We are three preschool educators in and wish to develop a free online language courses for preschool kids in North Africa and middle East ages 4-6. The Arabic courses will be developed in Flash, comprising of animation and interactive clicking by the users.
This language program comprises 10 levels, each level is 10 courses, each course is 10 lessons. This would take the child through a number of activities, moving them from phonemic recognition to being able to read simple sentences and short preschool stories. A cartoon character would introduce lessons at each course followed by a number of activities for the child to practice that lesson.
Tablets are not common in that part of the world so shared desktop available at kindergarten would work for this model. We are looking for an application where the interface of the courses would be similar to abcmouse.com or readingeggs.com. It's for kids and we want the user interface to be fully customized and branded for a child's learning environment.
Once a parent/teacher logs in, they can register more than 1 child, take a placement test (which is a series of multiple choice questions on reading and phonics). The result would put them at an specific corresponding level. Subsequent level would be locked until the child finishes the level he is placed at. Child can collect stars with each level they finish.
Somewhere on screen parent and child, can see number of star they have collected, which level they are at etc. We are also thinking of a theme, so we want the home page to look like a country farm. This would allow the children to move around the farm clicking on the barn, take a hay ride, visit corn field, chicken coop...etc. Each place representing a lesson or a level.
I could go on with ideas, but I don't want my imagination carry me for long as I need to be realistic with what the type of program or application limitation we will end up using. Elements we think we will need are:
2- Adobe Flash movies lessons
3- LMS (course author-ware...we don't know where to start)
4- Tool that would allow us to see user interaction with lessons...we don't know where to start)
5- Server to host lesson modules
6- Application that would bring all these elements together...Again we don't know where to start)
7- Anything else we are missing?
We would greatly appreciate experts in this community to point us to a program(s) that's would meet these requirements, that's also simple to use, and not very expensive to buy and maintain.
Thanks a million everyone.