ERIC Number: ED364205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Extending the Impact of Classroom-Based Technology: The Satellite Challenge Series.
Kantor, Ronald J.; And Others
The Jasper Challenge Series of Vanderbilt University (Tennessee) has been used in conjunction with the university's videodisk problem-solving series, "The Adventures of Jasper Woodbury," to provide a teleconference-based performance arena that allows students and teachers to assess the degree to which they are learning to solve the kinds of problems that the Jasper series emphasizes. Students from a number of sites using the Jasper program jointly participate in teleconference challenges that allow them to choose the characters in the teleconference who do the best job of solving problems. They receive feedback and compare their ideas with peers from other cities and states. Pilot Satellite Challenges have been uplinked to over 30 sites across seven states. These Special Multimedia Arenas for Refining Thinking (SMART) challenges are described, and the challenge-based assessment model that has developed is explored. The first SMART challenge involved over 500 fifth and sixth graders in a game show called "Pick the Expert." A subsequent challenge involved a large group of students in a more difficult game show. A third challenge involved a single local classroom in a developmental exploration of teaching and learning before the challenge. Future plans for the SMART program are discussed, and the model that is being developed is reviewed. (Contains 15 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Competition, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Assessment, Educational Technology, Elementary School Students, Feedback, Grade 5, Grade 6, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades, Performance, Pilot Projects, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Teleconferencing, Videodisks
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adventure Games; Challenge; Vanderbilt University TN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).