Title: Multimedia Authoring
Subject Area: History
- To communicate by PowerPoint the Life and times of an Ennis National
Specific Topic: Neil
Ryan - Past Pupil of ENS
1. Goals of the Project:
- To familiarize the pupils
with the PowerPoint program through a combination of guided instruction
- To incorporate into multi
media techniques the knowledge the pupils have learned from their use
of IT - word processing, art programs, sound, project design and project
- To develop in the pupils
higher order skills necessary for continuing work in a collaborative
2. Age Range This particular project is for pupils between the
ages of 10/12.
As this project is a part of Olympics 2000, every class will have a
hand out on the Power Point slides to make them acquainted with their
school Olympian. The final week of the Olympics the Power Point show
will be displayed in the school foyer.
4. Requirements to do the project.
- Instructions on search
engines to locate information
- How to incorporate graphics/images
found on the Internet into Power Point.
- Give instructions on how
to use multimedia features that can be utilised within the project:
sounds, recording scanning, graphic management.
5. Technology Resources: scanner, digital camera, clipart, paint
shop pro 5, Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia.
6. Management -
During this project it was important to have all the pupils involved
in all aspects of the Power Point presentation. Some pupils sampled
Power Point projects observing the techniques involved. The first week
was spent teaching Power Point to all the pupils. The following two
weeks each pupil created two slides. Each slide contained text, graphics
and buttons with links attached. Power Point was worked on through the
day in half hour sessions. Pupils worked in groups of 3. These exercises
proved to be of immense value when it came to the actual project.
7. Evaluation: This project forced me to reflect on my role as
a teacher. I have always considered myself successful if I manage to
get pupils maths/reading scores up but I now realise that this is too
narrow a focus. The creativity within each pupil needs to be harnessed
and skills associated with the use of Power Point are just as important
as literacy/maths skills. The fun and confidence, which the pupils gained
from working in groups, was something I did not expect. Usually putting
3 on the computer creates jealousies as to who controls the mouse. With
Power Point this did not arise. The second person was so busy with helping
with the design, offering constant advice as to what worked and what
didn't. The most obvious benefits to the pupils were
- They learned the techniques
associated with Power Point
- Being able to collect appropriate
resources for such a program and being able to discard inappropriate
- Pupils learned through discussion
and deliberation to plan, design and create a multi media project.
- The exercises allow them
to become what I would term "Creative Thinkers". The constructivist
approach worked well. Though some "scaffolding" had to be given in directing
them to this new approach - this being their first time using a multi
- Confidence was gained in
particular among the weaker pupils as they felt part of a team in which
their ideas and skills were recognised and accepted.