ERIC Number: ED486114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
What Middle Grade Students Say about Learning Science with Multimedia
Goldenberg, Lauren B.; Heinze, Juliette; Ba, Harouna
Education Development Center, Inc.
The JASON Multimedia Science Curriculum (JMSC) was developed in 1989 by the JASON Foundation for Education (www.jason.org), and is a multimedia, interdisciplinary, inquiry-based science curriculum that responds to the dual demands of teachers having to teach state standards while engaging students in scientific inquiry. The JMSC encourages interaction between students and real life science and scientists while teaching scientific content and concepts by selecting a unique research expedition site and topics each year, upon which a print curriculum, video, live satellite broadcasts, and a variety of online activities that include digital labs and electronic journals are based. In 2002, approximately 25,000 teachers and one million students, grades four through nine, utilized the "JASON XIV: From Shore to Sea" curriculum to explore the features of California's Channel Islands and study the Chumash people who once lived there. In this curriculum students use computers to do online simulations known as digital labs, Internet research, and presentations. Through the curriculum, students are exposed to how scientific technologies (e.g., remote-operated vehicles, thermal imaging equipment, and satellite pictures) contribute to helping scientists answer research questions. They are also encouraged to understand the limits of any one technology and that multiple technologies might be needed to acquire more detailed information.
Descriptors: State Standards, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Simulation, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Middle Schools, Secondary School Science, Multimedia Instruction, Hands on Science, Teaching Methods, Interdisciplinary Approach, Inquiry
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9
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