Research Results

Impact of IMYM Project on Grade 5 Pilot Teachers: A Follow-up Report

December 1998

Prepared by Distance Learning and Information Technologies Unit, Program Development Branch, Manitoba Education and Training

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4.0 Impact of IMYM Project on Students

Pilot teachers provided the following examples of the continued impact of the IMYM project on their previous year’s students:

  • IMYM students show continued growth and use of information technology (e.g. Internet, Hyperstudio, video production, multimedia presentations). (N=10)
  • IMYM students are comfortable and competent with information technology and are no longer "in awe" of it - information technology is just another tool. (N=7)
  • Last year’s IMYM students return to the Grade 5 classroom to use the information technology. (N=4)
  • IMYM students have become leaders and often teach the teachers as well as other students. (N=2)
  • Last year’s Grade 5 IMYM students are teaching this year’s Grade 5 students. (N=2)

Last year’s IMYM students are frustrated because they cannot continue the same level of information technology use in later grades. (N=2)

5.0 Feedback from Parents

IMYM pilot teachers received positive feedback from parents (N=10). Parents appreciated the opportunity their children had been given and the information technology skills they had acquired. Parents were impressed with the amount of information technology available to the students and with the level of expertise the students developed and demonstrated (N=6). Some parents were involved in training staff and some were involved in helping to raise funds for more information technology (N=3). Some parents wanted to do some information technology learning of their own (e.g. Internet). One teacher reported that parents were concerned about students missing some learning outcomes in individual subject areas while engaged in interdisciplinary learning. In general, the parents were very supportive of the IMYM project.