ERIC Number: ED389276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Enhancing Eighth Grade Student Presentations of Scientific Research with Technology.
Shreiner, Berdella H.
This practicum was designed to improve the research and communication skills of eighth-grade students with the integration of technology, mathematics, and science when doing real-experience problem solving. Four units were developed that related the use of technology to skills that are also used in gathering, organizing, and manipulating research data and in communicating the findings in a written or oral presentation. Instruction was given during computer literacy class. Units focused on word processing, using a spreadsheet to organize data and create graphs, using design layout principles, and setting up a database and manipulating data. Six of the original 103 subjects, who excelled in scientific research projects, learned to create presentations using Hyperstudio. Analysis of the data indicated that five of the expected outcomes were achieved. The post performance-based test indicated that 92% of the students mastered outlining and reporting skills, and 93% mastered the graphing skills. Student portfolio assessments revealed that 99% learned how to create slides and overheads. Student confidence in the use of skills to enhance presentations rose substantially. Appendixes contain a student self-assessment and a five-item annotated software bibliography. (Contains 6 tables and 28 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Communication Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Databases, Display Aids, Educational Technology, Grade 8, Graphs, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Problem Solving, Research Projects, Research Reports, Visual Aids, Word Processing
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.