Reliving experiences, such as a classroom field trip to the fire house, involved incorporating recorded images, such as children's original works of art, photographs (scanned photographs or digital images), video, and images created with children's software programs or the paint tools found in HyperStudio. Children were involved in selecting the images and relating descriptions of the event which an adult typed using the text tool found in the HyperStudio toolbox. The addition of auditory stimuli, in the form of speech, music, and sound brought the event to life once again. Children's knowledge about their environment and community was expanded as they had the opportunity to reconstruct events and then reexperience those events each time they used their HyperStudio stack.
HyperStudio also provided a framework for children to retell favorite stories. After reading and hearing stories, children retold the stories in individual or cooperative stacks. They developed their own version of the story, complete with original images and storyline. Activities such as this supported cognitive development as children discussed ideas, made decisions, and combined illustrations and text.
Independence is fostered when children use a HyperStudio stack designed to facilitate activities. Adults can create a stack that makes use of photographs, text, and speech to guide children. Activities that are generally adult directed can be transformed into projects children can accomplish independently. Cooking activities are frequently adult directed. By using HyperStudio and incorporating photographs of utensils and ingredients, a written and verbal recipe, photographs and video of stages in the process, and clues, tips, and suggestions adults can produce a child- friendly stack.Transferring responsibility from the adult to the child promotes cooperation, discussions, and socialization.
HyperStudio is a product oriented program, but children are heavily invested in the process involved in creating HyperStudio stacks. Children can be involved in initial planning, gathering materials, discussing content, making decisions, implementing ideas, and producing a stack with very little assistance from adults. Our experiences demonstrate that even very young children can be actively involved in each stage.
Initial planning may involve a brainstorming session with children in a search for possible topics, ideas, and design. Gathering materials may include taking photographs, producing images, dictating or composing text, and videotaping. Discussing content involves all the children as they make decisions about the gathered materials, how the materials fit into the design, and possible changes and revisions.
As children implement ideas, they assemble the pieces (e.g., sounds, images, video, links, animation, buttons, and transition effects) to make a whole. When they produce a HyperStudio stack, children are involved in creating and planning content,organizing cards, evaluating the aesthetic qualities of the stack, and suggesting necessary revisions.
HyperStudio is available from Roger Wagner Publishing, Inc., 1050 Pioneer Way-Suite P, El Cajon, CA 92020. 800-HYPERSTUDIO; 619-442-0522 or (FAX) 619-442-0525.