Multimedia Project 1: Child Labor in America

Below is a Google Presentation on Child Labor in America. It uses historical images to guide the student through the world of working children in the early 20th century. Images and narration will allow students to understand the types of jobs that kids held, the short and long term negative impacts of the jobs, the reasons why kids held these jobs and help them to predict the types of changes that the country would make to end chid labor. The lesson would serve as an introduction to the progressive reforms of the early 1900s.

I made sure to use lots of large, but simple images to go along with the narration. For most of the presentation, there is only narration and not accompanying text. Research from Clark and Mayer (2011) indicates that when there is text and narration at the same time, student learning is reduced. While it seems to make sense to include redundant text with all narration, research indicates that it is not an evidence based media strategy. If we relate it to what we know about cognitive learning theories, we can understand the brain works like a highway. Text and narration both enter the brain through the same road. If we overload that road, we create a mental traffic jam and learning becomes inefficient.

Clark, R., & Mayer, R. (2011). E-Learning and the science of instruction: Proven guidelines for
consumers and designers of multimedia learning (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-
Bass/Pfeiffer.

School Evaluation Summary

The goal of the assignment was to choose a school that you are familiar with and thoroughly examine it’s technology integration. I chose Michigan High School where I work. We were given the a Maturity Model Benchmark reference guide to help us analyze the school. It focuses on 5 main areas: Administrative, Curriculum, Support, Connectivity, and Innovation.

I have been critical of my school’s integration of technology in the past. However, this assignment has helped me realize that the school is actually pretty strong in many areas. I tend to be a critical person, but should be more appreciative of what the school is offering. All the staff may not be taking advantage of it, but I am fortunate enough to have it available for my classroom. In addition, the school is not that far from a really strong well rounded integration. This evaluation helped me pick out the individual areas of strength and weakness. I hope to do two things with this. One is share it with Tech Committee so that they have my outside opinion (outside as in not a part of the committee and have to “horse in the race” regarding any particular program/technology). Also, this opened my eyes to some of the tools available that I could take better advantage of.

Below are my overall analysis and the survey I filled out.