Project-Based Learning with Multimedia: A Roadmap for Educators
Ellen Fishman-Johnson, Springside School, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Noted educational researchers advocate that project-based learning is an essential component of 21st century education. In our experience working in a PK-12 school, we have found that educators face a multitude of barriers when working to integrate project-based learning into their traditional curriculum. First, teachers must overcome barriers such as lack of technical skill and knowledge of multimedia authoring programs. Many expect to master these technologies the first time they use them, and struggle with the idea that mastery comes with time and practice. Project design and planning are additional skills that grow with repeated use. Educators often approach a multimedia project unaware of the complexity of the process. We will present a working model for multimedia projects that can serve as a roadmap for teachers. The goal is for teachers to identify those aspects of the process that they will need support with, as well as opportunities to collaborate with other educators. We will address how to help teachers appreciate the importance of creative thinking in a standards-based educational world, and how to inspire students in their creative efforts.
Fishman-Johnson, E. (2009). Project-Based Learning with Multimedia: A Roadmap for Educators. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2523-2527). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).