Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Hypermedia as a Student Tool: A Guide for Teachers

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Hypermedia as a Student Tool: A Guide for Teachers

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Hypermedia as a Student Tool: A Guide for Teachers by Marianne G. Handler and Ann S. Dana. Libraries Unlimited, P.O. Box 6633, Englewood, Colorado 80155-6633 (http://www.lu.com). 345 pp. ISBN: 1-56308-569-0. Softcover, $30.00.

Hypermedia is a tool to help students communicate and convey information to their peers. It allows students to be creative and take an active role in the design and creation process, which helps them in the learning process. And it's fun. There are important skills students can learn from creating a hyperstack. They have to choose their subject, identify their audience, plan their stack, and then create appropriate visuals for it. All of these tasks help students learn new skills as well as to become active learners in the process.

This guide for teachers presents a nice overview of hypermedia, its advantages and constraints, the teacher's role and how it can fit into various curricula. For anyone who wants more information, there are extensive "References" at the end of the introduction. The goal of the book is to provide support to teachers using hypermedia in their classrooms.

The "Curriculum Ideas" were developed by teachers and are the heart of the book. …

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