Adventure 1: The Basics
Segment A: Building Blocks
Segment B: Universe Formation
Segment C: Solar System Formation
Segment D: Earth Formation
Adventure 2: The Lake Superior Agate – Grand Marais, Michigan
Segment A: Local Geologic History
Segment B: Agate Genesis
Segment C: Basic Rockhounding
Segment D: Beach Rock Identification Guide
Segment E: How to Find Agates
I hope in the years to come to have many adventures. All of the rest will feature a rock or mineral found somewhere on Earth.
As many of you know, I started working on this project over two years ago. The goal is to go where printed books cannot go. In the fourteen years that I have operated the Gitche Gumee Museum, I have helped thousands of people learn how to find agates. One thing that I have realized is that different people learn in different ways. Some people enjoy and learn from written books, while others learn better in a hands-on, visual manner.
Although I am most comfortable creating educational materials in the written form, it is time to move forward into the digital age. When I initially designed the first two adventures, I did so in a word processing program. Then I started researching how I can convert written text into a web-friendly more dynamic format. At first I spoke with my webmaster, but soon realized that hiring him to convert the information would not only be cost prohibitive, but the software options he has would not accomplish the hands-on interactive format that I am looking for.
I will be launching the first two adventures as part of a pilot program. During the pilot period, participants are asked to help edit and alert me if they find typos, grammatical errors, or other issues. Each slide in the project will have a USER INPUT button that when pressed will create a popup screen with a user input form. As part of the deal, the pilot program will be only $15. The final cost for the first two online rockhounding adventures will be around twice the price. Given the hundreds of slides incorporating fun interactive learning and endless hours of entertainment -- even the final cost will be a good deal!
The other beauty about this software is that it will be easy for me to make changes and upload new and improved versions. In addition to incorporating changes suggested by participants, over the winter I will also add self evaluation quizzes for all nine initial segments -- all part of the original $15 pilot program launch. Once I complete the first two adventures and their corresponding quizzes, then I'll begin work on the third adventure. I have not yet decided what rock or mineral I will feature in this third adventure. The pilot program will end with the launch of the third adventure.
When will the pilot program be launched? I have given up on setting a firm date. I have completed the initial design of all nine segments, but am in the process of making final changes and improvements to prepare for launch. I am changing the video format for all the movies and changing the way that I'm storing the resource files -- so launch will be delayed longer than I would like. I am hoping I can complete everything in the weeks to come, but even though the software is easy to use, the task of completing the design is still tedious. Please be patient and keep watching this blog or the webpage www.agatelady.com for further information.
Once I do launch the pilot program, I am hoping to provide a new way for all of you to learn about the formation of the Universe, Solar System, and Earth as well as about the Lake Superior agate, beach rocks, and the geologic history of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I am also hoping that the small fee that will be charged for these adventures will raise enough funds to keep the doors of the Gitche Gumee Museum open for many years to come. Thanks for your support and your patience.