ERIC Number: ED385111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Technology: Educational Media and Materials for the Handicapped Program. Final Report.
Johns Hopkins Univ., Laurel, MD. Applied Physics Lab.
Results are presented of a project that developed 12 social studies (specifically, directionality and geography) and critical thinking computerized instructional modules using multimedia instruction for students with learning disabilities at the upper elementary and lower intermediate school levels. Seven overarching principles were identified as critical to the successful integration of multimedia in the school curricula: establish learning objectives (knowledge); define learning process to be addressed (skills); apply skills in meaningful contextual situations; insure that multimedia provides true 'value added'; provide flexible lesson design tool; capitalize on broad spectrum of multimedia source material; and insure ease of use. The modules provide instruction in 22 thinking skills areas, with emphasis on metacognition and the cross-curricular application of thinking skills. Two additional modules were developed to assist students with mild to moderate disabilities in developing cognitive and organizational skills required for planning and shopping for meals. Information is presented on the lessons, including learning objectives and ways students can use the computer in their studies. Illustrations from the modules are included. Responsibilities undertaken by the project teams are identified, and a list is included of system features and software requirements for use in multimedia educational programs. The evaluation process which resulted in selection of digital video and optical storage for this project is outlined, and use of a multimedia rapid prototyping tool to allow team members to visualize and dynamically run a model of proposed software is described. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Laurel, MD. Applied Physics Lab.
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