E-PROJECT BASED LEARNING USING ANIMATION IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
1 Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (MALAYSIA)
2 Multimedia University (MALAYSIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN10 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:This research paper shares a case study of a group of primary school students and their involvement in eProjBL. eProjBL was designed to capitalize both the advantages of Project-based Learning (PBL) and e-Learning within a blended learning environment to enhance the learning process of a group of primary school students in a particular topic in science. PBL is the one of conceptual framework of learning model from the constructivist theory and it is “a model for classroom activity that shifts away from the usual classroom practices of short, isolated, teacher-centered lessons”. PBL also recognizes the fact that active learners learn better in highly interactive environment. By marrying technology into the PBL, eProjBL was used as a catalyst to motivate the students to become explorers and researchers. The primary students were given the eProjBL content with an animation task that needs to be completed by the end of the project. The finished animation projects were evaluated by their teachers using the rubrics metric table of the project. The main purpose of this research study was to investigate the effectiveness of eProjBL content in the primary school utilizing the creation of an animation project. This research study also investigated the student’s perception on the eProjBL content and their engagement in this new blended learning environment. The findings of this study shows that students were engaged in the eProjBL animation activity with development and enhancement of new skills such as creativity, computer literacy, team work collaboration, designing, researching and writing. The students’ perception on this blended learning environment were found to be positive, stating that they had fun, felt good and gained new knowledge. Majority of the students expressed that they would like to have this type of activity in their future classes as well as in other subjects.
Keywords: eProject-based Learning, Project-based Learning, Blended Learning, Primary School.