Monthly Archives: December 2013

Off Button?

Since I am making this new code window in “real time”, I often find myself developing a solution and then changing my mind a little while later.  That is what happened in this video.  I first thought I would add an “off” button for the second high leverage teaching practice like I had for the first teaching practice, but once I started restructuring my codes into text labels I realized I no longer needed one.  I was going to make a whole new video but then I thought it might be good for people to see my thought process in action.  For those of you just starting out making your code windows, I think you will find you will restructure things often and you might change your mind.  In this video I also demonstrated how I neatened up my buttons using the geometry feature in the inspector.  I did this mostly because I couldn’t stand things not being lined up, but I would recommend that you actually just wait until your overall structure is set before playing around with sizes, fonts, and colors.  You will probably make changes and will waste your time with formatting early on…this advice is something I still need to learn to follow 🙂

Multi-Tiered Hierarchy

When developing your code window, you need to consider different possibilities for code hierarchies. In this video I added the second high leverage teaching practice as another code and talk you through my thought process for creating a multi-tiered hierarchy rather than a linear hierarchy like we made for the first teaching practice.

Organizing and Linking the Hierarchy

In today’s video I will further discuss the hierarchy I made and will add some exclusive links and deactivation links to complete the chains for turning on and off the codes for the first high leverage teaching practice.

As always, feel free to leave me comments, ask me questions, or make suggestions for improvement.

Creating a Code Hierarchy

In this continuation of our new series, I will discuss how to start a code hierarchy and to decide whether you want to include new codes or new text labels in your hierarchy.

(I apologize for the length of this video…I tried to squeeze in too much. I will try to keep future videos to around 5 minutes for more convenient viewing 🙂 )

New Video Series

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

I am going to start a brand new video series. In my last series, I mostly did all of the work on my own and discussed some of my barriers and strategies, but the more I explain my code windows to other people, the more I realize people are having a difficult time wrapping their heads around the process of creating a code window. Seeing a blank slate can be intimidating, so I thought it would be nice to discuss the decision making that goes into developing a brand new code window from scratch.

This first video is very basic as I introduce the content for the new code window and some basics of adding buttons, changing the button type, and the appearance. In the next video (which I hope to have up in the next few days) I will dive into the planning process and moving from paper to a hierarchy of codes and/or text labels.

As always, if there is anything you want me to focus on or if you have any questions, feel free to post them in comments or to message me privately. Cheers!