ERIC Number: ED354855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Negotiations of Group Authorship among Second Graders Using Multimedia Composing Software. Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow.
Beginning with a review of relevant literature on learning and computers, this report focuses on a group of five second graders in the process of creating a multimedia presentation for their class. Using "StoryShow," software that combines images, sound, and text, the students took on a variety of production roles. Each one contributed at least one image and sound element to the final composition. Each task the students performed--manipulating hardware or software, choosing images from books or directing other students--was essential to the overall success of the composition, but the role of director, taken on by one girl in the group, became the key to its completion. The success of this episode was facilitated, in part, by the teacher's interpretation of how the software might be used, and a classroom environment that supported the kinds of independent and collaborative activities that the software encouraged. The research method employed in this study is micro-ethnographic; and the objectives were to understand classroom learning activities from the point of view of the participants, to describe how innovative educational tools move from design to actual use, and to show how that knowledge may be applied to future designs. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/ALF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, Educational Research, Elementary School Students, Ethnography, Grade 2, Group Dynamics, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Hypermedia, Primary Education, Production Techniques, Qualitative Research, School Business Relationship
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA.