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ERIC Number: ED396679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 6
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Formative Evaluation of a First-grade Multimedia Forest Environment.
Strommen, Erik
An evaluation of a CD-ROM multimedia component of a first grade science curriculum, the IBM/CTW "Through the Woods," is presented. The presentation offers hands-on activities related to forest ecology, such as virtual nature walks. Children participating in the study (n=95) displayed ability to use the technology, a high degree of affect to full-motion video, and mixed reactions to audio. They collaborated well without teacher assistance, but had trouble performing some individual tasks, possibly due to design flaws. Also, the children had a tendency to invent their own "mission," which suggests that there is a need to periodically reinforce the actual mission while they are using it to keep them on task. Changes that might improve the interface are proposed. (BEW)
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Technology Utilization
Note: In: Recreating the Revolution. Proceedings of the Annual National Educational Computing Conference (15th, Boston, Massachusetts, June 13-15, 1994); see IR 017 841.