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Deutscher, R. (2007). FOSS: Research: Middle school multimedia evaluation. FOSS Newsletter, 30, 5.

Description: In this paper, the author discussed some of the background information on an evaluation that was done with the FOSS middle school multimedia. This study examined the technology that teachers have in their schools and also their perspectives about the multimedia components. The purpose was to help improve the multimedia and find out what is working or not working. This evaluation looked at all nine courses (Human Brain and Senses, Electronics, Populations and Ecosystems, Diversity of Life, Weather and Water, Force and Motion, Earth History, Chemical Interactions, and Planetary Science) that FOSS has developed for middle school.



Categories:  FOSS, middle school, technology
Types: research report


Deutscher, R. (2011). Google Earth: How are teachers using this virtual globe and how can they be further supported? Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, FL.

Description: Google Earth is a powerful virtual globe that helps students see the world from a variety of angles and perspectives. The goal of this study was to examine the background of teachers using Google Earth nationally, to find out how they currently use it, and learn how to better support them. This study had 1140 FOSS teachers participate. The results indicated that teachers felt positive about Google Earth, were more likely to use the tool if integrated into a curriculum, felt it would not be difficult to use, had little professional development using it, and felt access to computers is the biggest hurdle. By understanding how to support teachers using Google Earth, it is hoped that we can help students better understand the world around them.

www.fossweb.com

Categories:  technology, classroom practice, professional development
Types: conference presentation


Deutscher, R. (2009). Challenges using multimedia integrated within a science curriculum using a classroom-centered design approach. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Garden Grove, CA.

Description: In this study, multimedia that is integrated within a middle school science curriculum was evaluated. The goal of the project was to make the multimedia work better for students and teachers in the classroom. In this evaluation, logistics issues as well as the quality of the multimedia curriculum were examined. The curriculum that was evaluated was FOSS. Two groups of participants took an online survey: 539 middle school teachers and 22 trainers. The teachers were asked about their backgrounds, the technology at their schools, and their impressions of the FOSS multimedia. The trainers answered questions about their background as a trainer, and their experiences with the multimedia during trainings. As a result, one discovered many challenges and issues connected with using the multimedia. By examining the challenges, developers can improve professional development, teacher manuals, and multimedia associated with science curriculum to make it more useful for teachers, administrators, and other educators.

www.fossweb.com

Categories:  FOSS, technology, middle school
Types: conference presentation


Deutscher, R. (2010). How does multimedia integrated within a planetary science course help students with difficult material? Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, Philadelphia, PA.

Description: In this study, multimedia that is integrated within a middle school science planetary science curriculum was evaluated. The goal of the project was to evaluate the impact of using multimedia for material that is difficult and not easily observable within a science curriculum and examine its impact on student learning, understanding, interest, and motivation. In addition, getting feedback that then can be redesigned to help improve the multimedia in the next version. The curriculum that was evaluated was Full Option Science System (FOSS), an inquiry-based science curriculum. This study was part of a larger evaluation with 10 middle school teachers piloting the course. Data from the larger evaluation and from a classroom using observations and think-alouds with students were utilized in this study. Think-alouds were conducted with two animations: Phases of the Moon and Jupiter's Moons. As a result, students had a better understanding of the concepts and felt the multimedia made them more interested in learning about Planetary Science. The students also gave feedback that presently is being examined by curriculum developers and media specialists. By making these changes, the goal is to improve the animations quality. In future studies, we can examine the impact that a richer multimedia has on enhancing student learning experiences, interest, and science skills.

www.fossweb.com

Categories:  technology, FOSS, attitudes towards science
Types: conference presentation