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User manual

BloomingKids Weather


This program uses weather names and pictures to help the student to learn listening, identifying and naming skills. There are five sub-programs.


These sub-programs are:

 

Select a program by clicking on the program name at the left of the screen and then clicking the “Enter” button to open the program.

Help


Click on the “Help ” button to view the help contents. The help file opens in a separate window.

About

Click on the “ About ” button to view the profile of this company.
Enter


After selecting a sub-program, click on the “ Enter ” button to open the program.

Exit


To close this “Weather” program, click on the “ Exit ” button.

 

Settings
Level 1


When this option is selected, one weather picture appears at the top of the screen. For “Matching Weather using Pictures” and “Matching Weather using Words”, one weather picture is shown at the bottom of the screen to be matched with the one at the top, without any distracter. For “Discriminating Weather”, one weather picture appears on the screen.

Level 2


When this option is selected, one weather picture appears at the top of the screen. For “Matching Weather using Pictures” and “Matching Weather using Words”, two pictures are shown at the bottom of the screen to be matched with the one at the top of the screen. There is one correct choice and one distracter. . For “Discriminating Weather”, two weather pictures appear on the screen.

Level 3


This level is selected by default. One weather picture appears at the top of the screen. For “Matching Weather using Pictures” and “Matching Weather using Words”, three pictures are shown at the bottom of the screen to be matched with the one at the top of the screen. Among the three are one correct choice and two distracters. . For “Discriminating Weather”, three weather pictures appear on the screen.

Training


This option is selected by default. When this is selected, the program can be used to train the student.

Test


Select this option to measure the student's progress. The “Report” button under “Test” mode is enabled. The “Prompt” is disabled.

Report

To see the Report for more information, click here.
Screen Display

Display in BIG LETTERS

This option is selected by default. When this is checked, all letters displayed on the screen will be big or capital letters.

Display in small letters


When this is checked, all letters displayed on the screen will be small.

Command Text

This option is selected by default. When this is checked, a short text appears at the bottom of the screen. It tells the student which items to identify. If unchecked, the text won't be visible. This option is enabled only for “Discriminating Weather”, “Matching Weather using Pictures”, and “Matching Weather using Words”.

Prompt

This is checked by default. If the student fails to match the correct weather picture within ten seconds, the program guides him/her to the correct weather picture. This is available for “Training” mode but disabled for “Test” mode.

Uncheck this box if the prompt is not needed in “Training” mode.

This option is enabled only for “Discriminating Weather”, “Matching Weather using Pictures”, and “Matching Weather using Words”.

With Blink
This option is selected by default. If the correct weather picture is not chosen after ten seconds, it blinks.
With Label
The names of the weather appear below the pictures.
With Animation

If the correct weather picture is not chosen after ten seconds, an animation appears (the correct weather animates).

Congratulatory Animation

This box is checked by default. This is available only for the “Training” mode. When this is checked, clicking the correct weather invites a congratulatory animation. This animation runs for ten seconds. Click anywhere on the screen or press space bar to stop the congratulatory animation.

Uncheck the box if the student doesn't need congratulatory animation.

Selection

Click on the check box to select or deselect weather type.
This option is enabled only for “Discriminating Weather”, “Matching Weather using Pictures”, and “Matching Weather using Words”.

Select All

Check this box to select all weather types. Uncheck to deselect.

1. Weather

This program has three features. They are “Types of Weather”, “Spelling of Weather” and “Description of Weather”.

Types of Weather

 

This feature names the seven weather and they are windy, sunny, snowy, cold, cloudy, raining, and hot

Spelling of Weather

 

This feature helps to spell the words for all seven types of weather

Description of Weather

 

This describes types of weather and illustrates the weather with animation

Auto Play

Check this box to run the “Weather” program automatically; the student can just sit back and watch. To stop the automatic run, check box for “Display when mouse is over weather”
Display when mouse is over weather

 

When this box is checked, the student moves the mouse to any of the types of weather. If “Description of Weather” is also checked, clicking on the weather type will display a description and a picture illustrating weather.
To see the Settings for more information, click here.
Done

 

Click on the “Done” button to close “Weather” and return to the main program

 

2. Activity for Spelling Weather

This program asks the student to spell the weather word by typing the letters. The weather word that needs to be spelled will be highlighted on the left of the screen. Training/Test, Screen Display (Display in BIG LETTERS/Display in small letters), and Congratulatory Animation can be selected for this program in the Settings screen.

To see the Settings for more information, click here.

Done

 

Click on the “Done” button to close “Activity for Spelling Weather” and return to the main program.
3. Discriminating Weather

Here, the program will ask the student to identify a weather type. The student is asked to find and click on the correct picture shown on the screen.

The default selections for this program are: Level 3, Training Mode, Display in BIG LETTERS, Command Text, Prompt with Blink and Congratulatory Animation.

To see the Settings for more information, click here.

Done

 

Click on the “Done” button to close “Discriminating Weather” and return to the main program.
4. Matching Weather using Pictures

In “Matching Weather using Pictures” a weather picture is shown at the top of the screen. The student is asked to click on the matching weather picture shown among others at the bottom of the screen.

The default selections for this program are: Level 3, Training Mode, Display in BIG LETTERS, Command Text, Prompt with Blink and Congratulatory Animation.

To see the Settings for more information, click here.

Done

 

Click on the “Done” button to close “Matching Weather using Pictures” and return to the main program.
5. Matching Weather using Words

This program runs like “Matching Weather using Pictures,” but instead of pictures, words that name the weather type are used. The student is required to click on the correct word which represents the weather shown on top of the screen.

The default selections for this program are: Level 3, Training Mode, Display in BIG LETTERS, Prompt with Blink and Congratulatory Animation.

To see the Settings for more information, click here.

Done

 

Click on the “Done” button to close “Matching Weather using Words” and return to the main program.
Report

Only under “Test” mode is “Report” enabled. After doing any number of test problems, you can click on “Done” to see the report. When you click on “Done” the settings screen appears. Now click on the “Report” button under “Test” to see test results. First the current test result will be shown with the date, starting time, end time, and level of the test. It also shows the percentage of correct answers. There are also buttons for showing test results in different forms. “Report” allows the teachers/parents to measure the student’s progress. The following are available:

Detailed Report

This screen shows test results including the grade, item identified, distracters, time taken to finish the test, and other necessary information based on the test.

View Old Records
If there are old test results, they will be shown on this screen. The current test result is always on top.
Bar Chart

If you wish to see test results on a bar chart, click this button.

Overalls

This button appears on the Bar Chart Screen. Here, the student can see the average of all test results. Written vertically on the bar are overall percentage of correct answers and date and starting time of the tests. When there are any old results, they will be shown, left to right from oldest to latest.

Right Arrow

This changes the display to the next more recent set of test results. When the current test result is on the screen, this button is grayed.

Left Arrow
This changes the display to the previous set of test results. When this button is grayed, there is no earlier test to see.

On the bottom, the display indicates which record is being shown out of total records.

Print

When this button is clicked, the printer prints the current screen.

Delete
All existing records will be erased, if this button is clicked. (But a warning message box pops up and asks for confirmation.)
Done
Click on this button to close the screen and return to the previous screen.

 

 


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