|HyperStudio software offers HyperExcitement
as students create multimedia stories in the classroom
Kate Vanderhorst and Rod Rychliski
and pencil were once the primary communication tools of
young authors. Today, our students have a new set of
information and creating presentations in a very powerful
way, using an ever-increasing variety of computer-based
multimedia sources, including encyclopedias, databases,
simulations and instructional software, as well as the
HyperStudio, licensed by the Ontario
government for use
in schools, is a robust, multimedia application. As
teachers who use HyperStudio in the classroom, we offer
these tips and techniques.
On a weekly basis, as part
of the language arts curriculum, students learn painting,
importing clip art, the effective use of text fields and
linking components with buttons, while incorporating
transitions and sounds.
All About Me
Students create a
five-card stack and main menu. The cards are then linked
to each other. The children paint their name on a black
background, draw their picture, import clip art and add a
text box with personal information.
production parties of four. They create animation
backgrounds with paint using cut and paste techniques for
the animation stages. The students make model Dalmatians
using black and white plasticine which are then
incorporated into the finished product using stop motion
video. Freeze frame video captures the "animal
skins" so borders can be created for card
decorations, titles, and form fitting dresses for
"Cruella." Viewers can manipulate the costumes,
much like a paper doll.
students digitize art samples, photographs of classmates,
parents, the school building and special days to create a
yearbook. Title cards are created using all the
"HyperTricks" learned throughout the year.
We capture the yearbook,
together with a Grade 1 yearbook, on video and interlace
it with music.
All About Me
Students create a
five-card stack and a main menu with buttons that link
the cards to one another, similar to the Grade 4 class.
They paint their name on a black background, draw their
picture, import clip art, and add a text box with
Teeny Weeny Classroom Pets
"HyperPlanning" sheet is designed for classroom
use. The children research an insect and write some text.
They design the layout of the card and include detailed
drawings, incorporating the text into the design. After
the text is written, students read the words into the
computer for playback. A Grade 4 student assists in
connecting each of the stacks and makes a title card
using animation and a menu card for easy navigation.
All of these projects
demonstrate how collaborative learning and sharing is
paramount for success. The result of multimedia authoring
leads to the realization by students and teachers
that the computer is simply a tool, like the
pencils, markers and crayons inside their desks.
Kate Vanderhorst and Rod Rychliski teach Grades 4
and 1 respectively with Waterloo County Board of
Education. They incorporate computer technology into
their programs by instructing students, parents and
teachers in the use of multimedia. They can be contacted
by e-mail at email@example.com