ERIC Number: ED315999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan-30
Reference Count: 0
Challenging Gifted Elementary School Students through Computer-Based Newspaper Production.
Harris, Bruce; And Others
Microcomputers were used by 24 gifted students in a Utah elementary school to produce a school newspaper. Students used word processing (Bank Street Writer) and desktop publishing software (The Newsroom). They met in small groups over a 3-week period to develop basic journalism skills such as interviewing, writing and editing articles. Articles were then typed and organized in general categories such as world events, sports, school events, and comics, and the layout was determined. Project evaluation indicated: students learned to use the word processor in less than an hour; and the desktop publishing software encouraged students to use creativity and organizational skills. Other results were that fourth graders were more motivated and involved than sixth graders and most of the children demonstrated a sense of ownership and intrinsic motivation. The project also increased teachers' interest in the computer lab and received the support of both administrators and parents. Five references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Computers in Education Conference (7th, Salt Lake City, UT, January 30, 1987).