|A Multimedia Senior
||This template is for a senior research project. The
student creates a multimedia project as a result of this unit.
Length: 2-4 weeks.
Main Curriculum Area: Computer
Grade Level: Secondary
Approximate Time Required: 8 hours
Primary Goal and Objective: 3.3
Other Goals & Objectives from the NC
Standard Course of Study:
||A variety of other goals from the high school curriculum can be
integrated into this project.
Other Subjects Covered: Language
Arts, Social Studies, Science
Teacher's Lesson Goals/Objectives:
||The goal of this lesson is to have students
demonstrate appropriate use of multimedia and research methods in
a content area.
||print and electronic reference material in the
Technology Resources Needed (computer hardware,
||Hardware:Camcorder (optional), VCR (optional),
or Multimedia Computer with speakers, microphone, CD ROM drive
and Software: HyperStudio, Microsoft PowerPoint (or other
||Students should be familiar with research reports.
They should also have some level of proficiency with computer or
Each student should submit to the instructor both a topic for
his/her research and a format for the project (i.e., video,
hyperstudio stack, powerpoint presentation)
||Each student uses available resources to research
his/her topic. This usually involves a full week of class time in
the media center. Following the research period, students should
be required to draft on paper a storyboard of their multimedia
production. After evidencing that they have a plan, students
should be given class time to produce the product. This class time
needs to be supplemented with afterschool access to the required
All products should be of equal or better research quality than
comparable paper reports. Particular attention should be given to
ensuring that grading is based on the rubric and not just the
bells and whistles the student used.
||See Rubric in related links. Optimally, both a
content area teacher for the topic researched and an English
and/or technology teacher would collaborate on evaluating the
project. Care should be taken while evaluating to ensure that
scoring is based on the rubric and not just the bells and whistles
students used in their project.
Supplemental Resources / Information for
Teachers (handouts, background information, bibliographies, examples of
student work, etc.):
||Students should have access to Internet to view
samples of multimedia projects. Teachers also need to have
sufficient background to determine the quality of information
Relevant Web Sites:
Additional Comments from the Author of This
||This is an integrated approach to using multimedia
technology as a part of content area courses. These materials were
developed to support and enhance the use of 1998 K-12
Standard Course of Study.
About the Author:
||Patsy Hester (Wake County Schools)
Christopher Cobitz (NCA&T State University)
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