The Effects of Web Based Multimedia Lessons on Native American Learning
Rebecca Zittle, Frank Zittle, Center for Educational Evaluation & Research (CEER), United States ; Karen Lesher, Navajo Education Technology Consortium (NETC), United States ; Elvira Bitsoi Largie, Don Fischer, Moni Short, J. Nathaniel Southerland, Karina Roessel, Toni Rivera, Florian Johnson, TECHShare Project, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This study presents evidence that web based multimedia Mathematics, Science and Reading lessons for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th grade students appear to enhance learning in low English proficient and low-income Native American learners. Since 1999 the Navajo Education Technology Consortium's (NETC) TECHShare project, funded under the Star Schools program, has developed over 260 multimedia lessons to improve student learning. The primary target population for the study is located within or near the Navajo Nation, with the majority of the students performing well below the national average in academic achievement. To assess the effect that these TECHShare lessons have had on student achievement, the Model Classroom Study was conducted to gather rich qualitative information combined with pre to post test improvement results on selected web based multimedia lessons. The results of a paired t-test study found that, on average, there was a significant increase from the pre test (M= 57%) to the posttest (M= 79%) of about 22%.
Zittle, R., Zittle, F., Lesher, K., Bitsoi Largie, E., Fischer, D., Short, M., Southerland, J.N., Roessel, K., Rivera, T. & Johnson, F. (2004). The Effects of Web Based Multimedia Lessons on Native American Learning. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 764-772). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).