ERIC Number: ED384346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Communication through Multimedia in an Elementary Classroom.
Riddle, Elizabeth M.
The emergence of multimedia software in the classroom challenges the traditional use of single media as the medium for student communication. Educators need to know how to use this new technology as an effective tool in their students' learning. The purpose of this study was to observe how 18 students in a fourth grade class manipulate a multimedia software, MicroWorlds, to express themselves differently than they do with the traditional paper and pencil process. Students had computer lab once a week for an hour. Two student surveys were used to collect insight on students' idea development and individual expression in writing their autobiographies in the different mediums. Questions focused on how much time was spent writing, perceptions of the assignments, and the peer collaboration that occurred. A daily journal was kept on the events that took place within the classroom during the project. All eighteen students used graphics, seven used animation, and eleven used sound to enhance ideas. Many students developed new ideas using these tools. More active peer collaboration occurred in the lab than in the classroom. Findings suggest that students use multimedia tools to enhance idea development and individual expression by adding greater description, unique perspectives, and revealing diversity in their backgrounds, interests, and skills. In a single media format such description, insight, and individuality is difficult for students to convey. Three appendices contain the single media and multimedia student surveys, and a possible unit outline for integrating MicroWorlds into the curriculum. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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