Wagner Publishing, Inc.
Hyperstudio is a multimedia authoring
tool which allows us to present a project using sounds pictures and text
and to blend it together using hypertext. It allows children to become
the the producers of information rather than the recipients. The students
are at the centre of the the educational process.
Founded in 1978 by a classroom teacher, Robert Wagner Publishing developed
Hyperstudio as a software system that emphasized technology as a personal
creative tool. The idea behind Hyperstudio was to support teachers with
a vision of how the meaningful and appropriate use of technology could
foster a more individual and humanistic learning environment.
It is based on non-technical application and is minimalist in design. While many programs
work through an abstract or symbolic layer between you and your work,
Hyperstudio tries to be transparent tool for communication, so that you
and your students can concentrate on the content and the message.
Hyperstudio is a multimedia writing and presentation system that has become
the standard in many schools for multimedia projects. It allows anyone
to create multimedia programmes. The tool is simple enough to be used
by primary school children from a very early age.
The philosophy is user-centered,
because children learn by doing.
The approach is constructivist
because people learn best when they create meaning using multimedia
The software adopts a minimalist
design, because keeping things simple increases understanding and
The language is non-technical
so that you use more time using Hyperstudio than you do figuring it
It is totally integrated software.
You won't waste time or risk confusion at dealing with several different
It has been adopted by a number
of Teaching Training Colleges as a standard tool for creating projects,
reports and presentations in the same way as Powerpoint is used in
the professional world.
Pedagogical Theory and Multimedia Authoring
As teachers become technologically competent we must look for ways to
integrate technology into the classroom and the curriculum in a meaningful
way. Thanks to the growth of the Internet and other multimedia formats
such as CD ROM the communication of information in visual format is more
important than ever. We and the children are used to having information
presented to us in a multimedia format. If we accept this then a natural
progression would be for our students to begin persenting their own ideal
and research in a similar way.
The use of multimedia and hypertext
in the classroom has the potential to change the way we teach and the
way children learn. It is a tool which can be used for any subject. It
has a particularly attractive and effective role in language teaching
as it allows for the presentation of the text in a voice format. What
the student writes he can say, what he sees he can name and the language
is in his own voice. So the students have the opportunity to decide how
they want to present their ideas and information. By it textually, visually
or via sound. All the options are available with a multimedia package.
The use of a package such as Hyperstudio allows the children to become
the producers of informatilon rather than the recipients.
gives the teacher another and effective means of transferring language
learning and in doing that is a very flexible medium. It allows the teacher
to create a flexible learning environment which allows for active engaged
engaged learners are :
Responsible for their own learning. The word
they produce is a result is a result of their own curiosity. It is
their creation and it is what they intended creating.
Energised by learning. Their work feels both
important and worthwhile.
Strategic. In the form of their multimedia
authoring package and access to information and the children make
their own choices to solve a problem or to present information.
Collaborative. The students collaborate in
formulating their objectives and deciding on material and presentation.
for a MFL Project.
Project Name :
to our School !!
|That the students would
present themselves and their school using various topics as pages
in linked by hypertext.
- Students have to decide on the project design and
contentin advance and the following are the conclusions they
It will be a French Language presentation to a French school.
- They will speak about 6 themes - School, Food, Historical
Feature, Films, Houses, Jokes - 5 pages.
- Each page will include a title, student picture, greeting
in speech from the student photo, a textbox, a background, an
opening/closing effect and an opening/closing sound.
- Opening Greeting page - Welcome to Ireland -
- School page - Notre Ecole - will introduce the themes,
where a student will introduce her 5 friends in the 5 themes.
Picture of the school and description of the school in French,
background map of Ireland. Buttons forward and back in French.
- 5 Theme pages - Student greeting in voice, Title banner,
student picture, background, text box, buttons forward and back.
- Closing page - Thank you for your visit, student picture
and greeting in voice, scrolling credits, background, button
(encore? - back to Page 1)
- Students are grouped for the various activities.
- 6 Students for oral French presentations.
- 6 Groups of students to compose the six texts in French.
- A Design Team - they plan the ingredients and how
it should look on presentation. They complete the tasks within
Hyper as guided by the teacher.
- Task Force - take photos, locate suitable pictures,
- Word Processing team - type, save and print the French
- Presentation Team - to present the project.
- Because of the above plan the following ICT functions
- Each page background to be a picture of Ireland from
the Statoil 2000 Calendar. - 7 scanned pictures needed - Scanner
- School page background to be a map of Ireland - download
from Yahoo maps - Internet search.
- 6 pupils involved in the presentation - 6 pictures
taken using the digital camera, pictures need to be sized -
Digital camera activity.
- The 6 students will have to record their voice using
the recording facility - Voice recording using mic.
- 7 Page banners have to be designed using Font, Size,
- 7 Text boxes to be filled using an agreed Font, Size.
Closing and opening effect to be assessed and chosen. - Multimedia
- Text entered and saved using Word. - Word Processing.
- Text printed out for presentation to the class before
entering it on Hyperstudio - Printing.
Bienvenue en Irlande. Bonjour ! Nous voulons vous presenter
notre ecole et nos amis ici en Irlande.
2. Notre Ecole
Je suis Patrick. Je suis votre correspondant. L'ecole est situee
dans le quartier Inchicore qui est environ a trois km au centre
ville de Dublin. Nous avons quatre vingt quinze etudiants dans
l'ecole. C'est une ancienne ecole et un quartier tres historique.
Maintainant je veux vous presenter mes amis.
3. Notre Maisons
Je m'appelle Marie. J' habite dans une maison. Mes amis habitent
dans quatre differentes maisons. Ils habitent dans une maison
avec deux etages, une pavillion, une caravane et un appartement.
La maison de deux etages est tres grande et l' appartement est
tres petit. J'aime une maison qui a un jardin. Le appartement
n'a pas de jardine. La pavillion n'a pas d'escalier.
4. Notre Nouritures
Je suis Michel. Mes amis aiment manger. Ils prennent des pommes
de terre, des frites, du riz, du poulet, de la salade, de la viande,
du poulet, du piazza et du hamburger. Les eleves vont au cinema.
Dans le cinema ils prennent des frites, de la glace, des bonbons
et du popcorn. Ils aiment aller au McDonalds. C'est le restaurant
5. Notre Preferences
Je m'appelle Sinead. J'aime aller au cinema chaque mois avec
mes amis. Le cinema est situe dans le centre ville a cote du
supermarche. Nos films preferes sont Titanic, Scream, The Matrix,
The Mummy, Toy Story
6. Notre Farces
Je m'appelle Ciara. J'aime les plaisanteries. J'ais un beaucoup
des plaisanteries pour mes amis. Mon professeure s'appelle Karen
Duffner. Elle est tres stricte et je ne dis pas des plaisanteries
dans la classe. Je dis des plaisanteries pour mes amis dans la
cours de recreation. Ils m'ecoutent.
7. Le Quartier Historique
Je m'appelle Jean. Je vais a l'ecole Saint Michel dans le quatier
Inchicore. Le quatier est tres historique. Nous avons la prison
Kilmainham. C'est une prison tres ancienne mais c'est fermemaintenant.
Il-y-a une exhibition tres interesant dans la salle centrale.
Il a beaucoup de visiteurs chaque annee. Il a une resemblance
avec la prison de la Bastaille.
8 The conclusion in rolling credits.
Votre visite a notre ecole est fini.
Merci et Bon Voyage.
Patrick Troy, John Hudson, Marie Grant.