Teachers have been looking for alternatives to standard written book reports and other student reports for years, often combining them with art projects for more visual presentations. As computers have become more common and students more proficient with them, PowerPoint, HyperStudio, KidPix, PrintShop, and other computer programs have been used increasingly for these projects.
Some exciting new possibilities have been created as a result of more powerful computers, increased internet use, the development of inexpensive digital and video cameras, new software, and other technologies. To take full advantage of these new developments, teachers may need to change their ideas of what reports can be—to move far beyond paper and pencil.
Today’s report possibilities include creating webpages, animations, stories with audio, radio broadcasts, movies, games, and podcasts. Additional multimedia options include creating games and interactive simulations, interactive images (with areas to click for more information), animated narratives, audio, video, images (still or moving), interactive timelines, resource banks, illustrated essays, and much, much more.
So many possibilities exist, in fact, that it can be a little difficult to comprehend them all. This article will attempt to help by providing as many examples as possible.
The products mentioned here range from those that are relatively easy to use to those that are very complicated. Some of the programs and equipment may be used by relatively young students, although they may need some help or can only use parts of the products. Other programs mentioned in this article may be so complicated that they can only be used in specialized high school classes.
In general, this article will provide an overview of these technologies. A mention of every available program or product or a detailed review of each program is beyond the scope of this piece.
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