[Bf-education] Sans shortcut keys
e_pilobello at yahoo.com
Sat Jan 15 01:53:36 CET 2011
I just started a class for under-priveledged kids. Their school does not have
the latest computers. So I brought a mobile lab of 6 Dell XPS laptops. Wide
and heavy models, which I thought came with full keyboards...but not. So I
changed my approach.
I decided to leave the shortcuts out and just use the menus. Our first use of
the menus was in changing views: top, front, right, etc. The kids were to
duplicate the block 5 times and build a pyramid by grabbing the widgets and
positioning the blocks. They were to make sure that the blocks aligned by
switching between the views and use MMB for spinning/zooming. The objective
being to recognize how 3D space is organized.
It worked! This early in the game, eliminating the tactile numpad shortcut
procedures removed that much of a cognitive load.
I'm sure we'll be using S, R and G next week. So we'll see how they tap with
the left hand and mouse with the right hand.
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