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2006Research Conference | June 15–16

This conference highlighted the work of invited speakers, independent researchers who have received grant funds from the Institute of Education Sciences, and trainees supported through predoctoral training grants and postdoctoral fellowships. The presentations are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Education or the Institute of Education Sciences.
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Embedded Multimedia for Students as Professional Development for Teachers Teaching Writing

Nancy Madden, Success for All Foundation
Robert E. Slavin, Johns Hopkins University
Bette Chambers, Success for All Foundation

Abstract: This poster will summarize work at Johns Hopkins University and the Success for All Foundation on the use of embedded multimedia with students as a tool for the professional development of teachers. Embedded multimedia (Chambers et al, in press) refers to brief video or DVD material threaded into teacher's lessons. The key to the process is the linkage between the teachers' lesson and the video skits. Concepts are introduced during teacher instruction, illustrated and elaborated by DVD content, and then followed up with guided practice and cooperative learning activities. The video/DVD content is intended to help students directly, but also to continually model instructional content and strategies for teachers. This concept was successfully evaluated in two randomized experiments in grade K and 1 reading (Chambers et al., 2005; in press).

Current work focuses on writing in grades 3-5. Humorous puppet skits are being developed to model for teachers as well as students the elements of the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publication, in many genres, as well as peer discussion and feedback skills. Live action skits and animation model language mechanics skills.

This presentation will show prototype DVDs for the writing project and describe findings from field tests and plans for further piloting and evaluation of this approach.