ERIC Number: ED351143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the MacMagic Program at Davidson Middle School.
Mergendoller, John R.; Pardo, Elly B.
This report evaluates the second year of the MacMagic program at Davidson Middle School in San Rafael, California. The program uses Macintosh computers, video cameras, tape recorders, and other related technology in a team teaching environment to enhance thinking and learning in an integrated English, history, and multimedia course. Children from different cultural backgrounds, and with differing abilities and perspectives, work together toward shared goals and rely on each other for instructional support as each tries to master new technological hurdles. Observations of an eighth grade class that was taught through this method indicated that the MacMagic program was different from other English and history classes because it was built on: (1) a definite approach to teaching; (2) the use of complementary staff expertise through team teaching; (3) the opportunity to use additional time for instruction and student work; (4) a constant attempt to tailor class assignments and instructional interactions to encourage student interest and motivation; and (5) a set of instructional tasks that vary in their cognitive, social, and procedural complexity. The MacMagic program also provides significant support for students whose first language is not English through its focus on group activities, multimedia technology, and small classes. (MDM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Cultural Differences, Educational Technology, English Instruction, English (Second Language), Grade 7, Grade 8, History Instruction, Integrated Curriculum, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Multicultural Education, Self Esteem, Social Studies, Team Teaching
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Marin Community Foundation, San Rafael, CA.
Authoring Institution: Beryl Buck Inst. for Education, Novato, CA.
Identifiers: MacMagic Program; San Rafael City Schools CA