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Presentation graphics software; Lecture method in teaching; Educational technology;


This research examines the impact of presentation technology and the effect it has on the way students communicate their ideas. Students have traditionally stood at the front of the room and talked about their research and findings. Technology offers new means in presenting student research. The class that will be participating in this study will have access to presentation software and the tools to use it effectively to create dynamic presentations. Before the process begins, students will be asked to evaluate their attitudes and feelings on presenting the results of research. They will then evaluate the overall quality of their past presentations.

The students will be trained how to use the hypermedia presentation software, mPower. They will then receive training on the use and incorporation of digital cameras with the software. After the initial training has been completed, the students will be assigned to create a presentation for which they will need to compile information, organize it, and build slides using the software, mPower.

Upon completion of their information search, students will be expected to present their projects. Each student will have access to a computer, multimedia projector, and videoflex camera for their presentation so it can be viewed by the entire class. Students will have access to an evaluation rubric that is comprised of three essential parts: communication
of ideas, communication using a variety of media, and creating a quality product. These rubrics will serve as a quality reference guide for the students as they work on their presentation projects. The research will also reference technology standards published by the International Society for Technology in Education.

To culminate the investigation, an interview with students will be conducted by the researcher in order to gain a better understanding of the learning experience.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara R. Safford


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