ERIC Number: ED391502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Digital Chisel: A Visual Multimedia Authoring Tool.
McCullough, John; Couch, Richard A.
Digital Chisel is a user-friendly multimedia authoring tool for helping students and teachers to tutor/teach the computer. It can be used as a visual presentation tool, as a tool to provide individualized instruction and as a tool to help students learn using a variety of visual and auditory modes. Interactive presentations can be designed without any knowledge of programming or scripting; the presentations, called projects, consist of a collection of screens, which contain a combination of text, graphics, sounds, animations, and movies. The projects are designed so that clicking on objects on the screen performs a variety of Digital Chisel events; every object in a project can perform 1 or as many as 24 separate actions. Text can be typed or text files can be imported from any word processing program. Graphics may be imported or created using the drawing and painting tools. Sounds can be used from sound-clip files or recorded directly; movies can be imported from video-clip files. All these multimedia objects can be stored in a media file called a library. In addition to presentations, screens can be designed to be visual, interactive quizzes or test questions; the quiz screens have the ability to record users' responses into a database and to calculate the percentage of correct answers. Four figures illustrate the discussion. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Eyes on the Future: Converging Images, Ideas, and Instruction. Selected Readings from the Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (27th, Chicago, IL, October 18-22, 1995); see IR 017 629.