ERIC Number: ED419500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Collaborative Educational Multimedia Design by Children: Do All Learners Benefit Equally?
Kafai, Yasmin; Marshall, Sue; Ching, Cynthia Carter
This paper presents and discusses the results of a project in which seven teams of elementary school students were involved in designing and implementing interactive multimedia resources in science for younger children. During a period of 3 months, students in grades 5 and 6 were divided into teams and met regularly to program the multimedia applications. Findings indicated that students improved significantly in their science understanding and programming skills. The benefits and problems of integrating science content with multimedia design are discussed, as well as reasons why the quality of dynamic and interactive components in students' multimedia productions proved to be a better indicator of students' learning than the quantity of multimedia produced. Insights gained from these analyses will contribute to the design of multimedia tools and environments in which young designers create software for their own learning. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: NECC '98: Proceedings of the National Educating Computing Conference (19th, San Diego, CA, June 22-24, 1998); see IR 018 902.