Use of Technology in Display: The authoring package Hyperstudio will be used to display the programme. Digital camera will be used to record observations. The Internet will be used to source appropriate gifs.
Organisation of the Class Division
Group Organisation Leaders were appointed for each group. Each group had varying ability levels. Within each group the least able member contributed first while the most capable contributed last.
Finding out Information Students worked in the classroom, library, Computer lab and in the local environment. Recording: In each group the information was listed, sorted and sequenced. Reviewing: The class teacher, to ensure accuracy and continuity of content between groups, assisted the pupils in reviewing the information.
Presenting the project: The software product was written in Hyperstudio. This involved planning the design layout with the students. The group leaders drafted storyboards. Discussion with the whole class and the teacher followed before all parties were satisfied.
Date of Completion: The project ran over a four month period from September to December '99 Completion: The project was complete when a useable software product was available on the school server.
Support Needed: The I.C.T teacher at the school assisted the class teacher with any difficulties.
Training of Teachers/Students: Teachers and students trained simultaneously in the use of the digital camera and the authoring package Hyperstudio. This was an extremely successful model of training as teachers were encouraged by the pupil's ease with the package. Evaluation Evidence of learning: 3rd & 4th class as part of their nature syllabus is using the Software produced.
Difficulties with the project: The project needed more time than anticipated. To complete the project by the target date it was necessary to use the computer room during lunchtime.
Relevance to the Curriculum: It met English (drafting, editing and summarising); Science (researching, deciding on appropriate content, observing and recording); I.C.T. (use of a multimedia authoring package, digital camera and Internet) and Art (graphics) objectives.
Possibility for improvement: Necessity to look at the syllabus and examine ways of improving its flexibility. The school plan needs this flexibility to allow teachers to re-structure the class curriculum to meet the needs of project work.
Teacher lessons: The teacher noted the enjoyment and satisfaction of the pupils in undertaking and completing a project where they were given considerable control of the processes and outcomes. Producing a resource for younger students enhanced the self -esteem of those involved.