I figured out the how to include sentence statistics and have added in a gamification element/dimension to the Wall. It's getting more interesting.
I. Giving feedback with word statistics for a Wall post.
I thought that it might be useful if the number of words, sentences per post and the average words per sentences might be useful information to be shown after each Wall post.
Try this out:
My iframe embed code is:
<iframe width="90%" scrolling="auto" height="700px" frameborder="0" align="middle" name="Embedded Frame" src="http://www.moodurian.com/
wall/index.php?Order=0& CourseId=28&Id=1&Likes=1& Datestamp=0&WordStats=1& WordLimit=200&AdminOnly=0& Email=2&Desc=Announcements& MinWords=10&MinSentences=3" marginheight="4px" marginwidth="4px"></iframe>
The interpretation is this: the teacher has told the class that his/her expectation is that every post to the wall must meet a minimum number of 10 words, and must have a minimum number of 3 sentences. Those posts to the Wall that meet these two criteria will be rewarded with an icon each (gamification element here).
| The student is awarded this stamp If he or she |
meets the minimum words per sentence average.
The student is awarded this stamp If he or she
meets the minimum number of sentences in the post.
Check it out. I've done it. That's a whole new element to the Wall. Lots of possibilities to create visual cues to the teacher as to who did what and who didn't achieve what. And lots of possibilities for students to be rewarded with stamps and icons and stuff for meeting the teacher's requirements/expectations.
I also surfed over to these sites:
com/ (nice site!)
and implemented the Flesch-Kincaid Readability score test on the Wall.
(The website www.readability-score.com uses the PHP code available from https://github.com/
DaveChild/Text-Statistics specifically from this download link: https://github.com/ DaveChild/Text-Statistics/ archive/master.zip)
So anyway, the readability scores translate as follows:
|Flesch Reading Ease Score||Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level||Typical age||Style description|
|Elementary School *|
|Middle school *|
|90 to 100||5||10-11||very easy|
|80 to 90||6||11-12||easy|
|70 to 80||7||12-13||fairly easy|
|60 to 70||8||13-14||standard|
|High school *|
|60 to 70||9||14-15||standard|
|50 to 60||10||15-16||fairly difficult|
|50 to 60||11||16-17||fairly difficult|
|50 to 60||12||17-18||fairly difficult|
|Post-secondary education (College or University) *|
|30 to 40||13||18-19||difficult|
|30 to 40||14||19-20||difficult|
|30 to 40||15||20-21||difficult|
|30 to 40||16||21-22||difficult|
|Graduate education *|
|0 to 30||22+||very difficult|
Here's a simplified scale of the scores.
if($n >= 90) return "Very easy";
else if($n >= 80) return "Easy";
else if($n >= 70) return "Fairly easy";
else if($n >= 60) return "Standard";
else if($n >= 50) return "Fairly difficult";
else if($n >= 30) return "Difficult";
else return "Very confusing";
I dumbed it down a bit, since I only have five icons (see attached gifs!), to this
slightly simplified structure:
80-100 : Very Easy
70-89 : Easy
50-69 : Standard
20-49 : Difficult
0-19 : Very Difficult
I programmed the PHP function from the github link into message_ajax.php of the Wall and you can take a look at the screenshot after a typical post. Mouseover your mouse cursor onto the icons and you have a nice popup text description.
So now, you have not only a numeric Readability score, you also have a set of visual colourful icons to indicate the level of readability of the student's wall post.
BTW, I tried the following speeches on the Wall, and here are the results:
Obama's speech at the memorial wake in Newtown, Connecticut = high 90s
Queen Elisabeth I's speech = low 40s
So the Flesch-Kincaid readability algorithm does seem to work fine.
The php code from the github link also allows me to program these readability scores functionality into the Wall:
* Flesch Kincaid Reading Ease
* Flesch Kincaid Grade Level
* Gunning Fog Score
* Coleman Liau Index
* SMOG Index
* Automated Reability Index
The same code also can give:
* String length
* Letter count
* Syllable count
* Sentence count
* Average words per sentence
* Average syllables per word
Summary: I've added in visual cues to a student's post so that both the teacher and student will know if the post meets the teacher's expectations. In addition, a readability score is added to the post.
I'm sure that the Gamified Wall can be useful in language classes where feedback is important.