Using Hypermedia and Multimedia to Promote Project-Based Learning of At-Risk High School StudentsBy Carr, Tracy; Jitendra, Asha K.; Intervention in School and Clinic, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 40-44
Publication Date: September 2000
Article discussing the use of hypermedia and multimedia in promoting project-based learning in at-risk high school students. Hypermedia presents information in an interactive way, and it is accessible to all types of learners. Hypermedia provides a combination of text, sound, graphics, and motion video that can be controlled by the user. Multimedia, on the other hand, provides linear stimulation that is not controlled by the user. Video, CD ROM, laser disks, and audio tapes are included. Hypermedia and Multimedia were used in a project to help students investigate social issues and enhance project-based learning. Nine 10th-grade students from a suburban public school special education program participated. The students were all identified as having significant learning and emotional problems and were considered to be at risk for dropping out of school. The context of the project was a homeless shelter for preschool-age children and their mothers, and a technology specialist set up a hypermedia/multimedia program to engage the students in research, design, analysis, composition, and communication in their project. The participants were able to download pictures, articles, and keywords to give each other and the instructors an idea of their views of homelessness. New hypermedia was added on a daily basis, and it allowed students to communicate in a way that was effective in providing an argument that project-based learning, especially when combined with multimedia and hypermedia has proven to be an effective tool in education.
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