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Using Technology to show what you know - HyperStudio and Powerpoint!!


Red Legged Frog (Rana aurora)

We sat around for weeks feverishly brainstorming how to get our students to show what they knew in a performance based format. Out of this agony came many exciting ideas which we watched grow to fruition. For example we thought up and did things like Venn diagrams using small group - large group comparisons, hands on teaching, sharing via email, journal writing, student designed experiments, and this Web page documenting our process of learning/teaching.

However, one thing we searched far and wide for with little results at first was a way to document the entire project process using technology. We feel that it is incredibly powerful for students to document the process of their learning. That way students have relearn the content while embedding it in the fabric of time and space. In other words, students learn to value the process of learning rather than just the content, and they learn the content better.

One day we both sat through a really neat HyperStudio presentation. We were amazed by the ease in which this software can be used to merge many different ways of showing what the students knew together into one cohesive whole. Graphics, photos, video, paint, music, text, sound, etc are all able to be used to create a story in which students show what they know. We were sold! The write up with the project specifications and rubric you see below is designed to guide students toward quality presentations.With just a little adjustment you will find that our rubric (click here to see!) can be modified for just about ANY project!

Goal: Produce a HyperStudio stack documenting the project while using the maximum capabilities of this application.

HyperStudio objective

Students will use HyperStudio to create a stack that documents their learning process.

  • Science EALR 4.3 Use effective communication strategies and tools to prepare and present science information.
  • Technology EALR 4. The student as effective communicator through a variety of appropriate technologies/media.

HyperStudio activities

  • Students, or student teams will design a HyperStudio stack based on one or more phases of the frog raising project.


  • A complete stack on one aspect of the project for each student/team. From individual stacks a complete record of the project is compiled. Peer teams evaluate work of other project teams.


  • Rubric used to assess stacks with each category assigned a certain number of points where "Always" equals the total points possible for that category. Our HyperStudio rubric is shown in the general descriptive section above. It appears below.


  • Copy of rubric for each student, peer evaluator
  • guided practice on use of HyperStudio
  • lab access


HyperStudio Rubric (Frog) Schmied/Hartford©1997

Use Always, Frequently, Rarely, or Never to determine level of accomplishment in each area. Always = 90% or above, Frequently = 70% or above, Rarely = 60% or above, Never = 0%

General Project Specifications - Stack Documents Overall Process

_____ *Gathering Eggs

_____ Making Habitat ready, water, gravel, clean etc

_____ Monitoring Safe Environment with tests, checks

_____ Entering data on database - tells about tests, checks used

_____ Sorting and displaying data - what/how done

_____ *Selecting and using variable for experiment - questions asked/answered

_____ Analyzing data

_____ *Life cycle changes, growth, behaviors noted, feeding, release

_____ *Research on the WWW, library, etc

_____ Best Bookmarks determined

_____ *Communications with other schools, mentors

General HyperStudio Specifications - Stack Uses Software capabilities completely

_____ Stack tells complete story of assignment (minimum of 5 pages)

_____ Cards - all contents appropriate to assignment

_____ Home Card clearly introduces content

_____ All cards properly titled,

_____ Buttons work properly, have audio linked to action

_____ Text / windows contain clear, concise descriptions of story segment

_____ Graphics tools used to separate, highlight card contents

_____ Imports graphics (2 minimum to aid text descriptions from file, disk, CD Rom, or Laser disc).

_____ Color blends used to highlight all cards, non distractive

_____ Has (1-3) Hypertext links in stack, work properly

_____ Audio used to enrich learning

_____ Transitions used to keep readers interest up

_____ (Extra Credit) Video used to amplify content, show creators etc

_____ End of Stack test

_____ questions clear, asked about things told in stack

_____ answers correct per stack contents

_____ answers correct per curriculum