Multimedia Rocks: Using technology as a tool to improve achievement in scienceby: Laurie Perry

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As part of a unit on rocks and minerals, students engaged in hands-on, inquiry-based activities that helped them discover what geologists do, how to identify rocks and minerals, and how rocks change over time through the rock cycle. This article describes how students then used HyperStudio to enhance their projects, which led to increased student achievement in science. Incorporating technology in this manner allowed students to take a more constructivist approach, where they have to create their own meaning out of each lesson.

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  • on Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:30 PM

Students learn about rocks by creating a “HyperStudio Journal”. At the end of each lesson pairs of students create a card to record the main idea and important details of the lesson. Working together on the computer they create a journal. The steps and worksheet are provided. There are now more types of media presentations available to elementary students that have surpassed the abilities of HyperStudio but the ideas presented in this article can be utilized with any multimedia presentation.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Thu May 12, 2011 9:44 AM

This article written in 2000 gives insight into how far we have come with the use of technology in the classroom. A decade ago Hyperstudio was a great tool. Creating multimedia and sharing with lower grade buddies is a wonderful idea.

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

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