ERIC Number: ED370565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Exploring the Hyper-Environment for Elementary Children.
Wiegmann, Beth A.
Educators working with elementary school children need to consider the impact of unstructured and structured hypermedia on the learning occurring in computer-assisted instruction. This paper discusses a case study of a collaborative group of four boys during a summer science camp. Their interactions with two different examples of hypermedia are observed. One program was a structured hypermedia approach that provided a framework for exploring videodisc information while exploring a hands-on activity. The second program was an unstructured hypermedia environment. The children used the hypermedia in different ways: with the unstructured hyper-environment, the children were satisfied to rely on visuals to gain information; with the structured hyper-environment, the children worked through the activity using the steps followed in the program. Teachers wanting to use the hyper-environment as a way to explore hands-on investigations using the computer should look for structured hypermedia programs. (Contains 6 references.) (JLB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Development, Cooperative Learning, Courseware, Day Camp Programs, Educational Environment, Educational Media, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Hypermedia, Instructional Design, Instructional Innovation, Multimedia Instruction, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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