Increasing Student Learning Through Multimedia Projects.INCREASING STUDENT LEARNING THROUGH MULTIMEDIA PROJECTS. Michael Simkins, Karen Cole, Fern Tavalin, & Barbara Means. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, or ASCD, is a membership-based nonprofit organization founded in 1943. It has more than 175,000 members in 135 countries, including superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and , 2002. 140 pp. $21.95. "There is no frigate frigate (frĭg`ĭt), originally a long, narrow nautical vessel used on the Mediterranean, propelled by either oars or sail or both. Later, during the 18th and early 19th cent. like a book to take us lands away ..." claims Emily Dickinson. Increasing Student Learning Through Multimedia Projects is the digital-age frigate providing the bird's-eye-view of far-away places. As books provide the means to "travel" to these distant places, multimedia provides the scenery along the way. Milton Chen's Foreword fore·word
A preface or an introductory note, as for a book, especially by a person other than the author.
an introductory statement to a book
Noun 1. introduces the key idea of this book: "Project-based learning Project-based learning, or PBL (often "PjBL" to avoid confusion with "Problem-based Learning"), is a constructivist pedagogy that intends to bring about deep learning by allowing learners to use an inquiry based approach to engage with issues and questions that are rich, real and redefines the boundaries of the classroom. No longer are students confined to learning within the four walls" (p. v).
Simkins, Cole, Tavalin, and Means tender a user-friendly guidebook for all teachers who use computers in the classroom. The book, an excellent travel guide to project-based multimedia learning, gives teachers various instructional models to apply in the classroom. Teachers will enjoy moving students from one project to the next, exploring each chapter, and surveying each page for a project that blends both artistry art·ist·ry
1. Artistic ability: a sculptor of great artistry.
2. Artistic quality or craft: the artistry of a poem. and technology to achieve an aesthetic effect.
Activities in the book supply teachers with step-by-step processes for thinking, planning, gathering, organizing, completing, and presenting quality projects in the classroom. The chapter "Making a Real-World Connection," for instance, combines "curriculum, multimedia, real-world connection, assessment, collaboration, extended time, and student decision-making" (p. 33), all of which are dimensions of appropriate project-based multimedia projects. The projects will engage students' learning while providing them practice in using different types of multimedia tools. These tools give them access to information outside the classroom and advice from other professionals, and assistance in pulling together their work and sharing it with their classmates Classmates can refer to either:
Increasing Student Learning Through Multimedia Projects is a valuable book for all teachers engaged in computer-based learning. It is simple, easy to follow, and provides guidelines for assessing students' finished projects. Reviewed by Neil Mercurius, Administrator, Jurupa Unified School District A unified school district is a school district which includes both primary school (kindergarten through middle school or junior high) and high school (grades 9-12). In Illinois, these districts are called unit school districts. , Riverside, CA