Crossplatform Multimedia Creation Tool Now Available for Download
July 9, 2003
VideoPaper Builder release 2.0, a multimedia authoring tool developed jointly by TERC and the Concord Consortium, is now available for download at http://vpb.concord.org. VideoPaper Builder 2.0 (VPB2) is software designed to enable educational researchers, teachers developing case studies, and others to create a multimedia presentation, which closely links text, image and video files. VideoPapers can be viewed in a web browser. VPB2 is both Windows and Mac (OS X) compatible.
Â“Multimedia and VideoPapers are unique in that they allow people to share how they are perceiving an event, and open their experience to others, as a way of allowing a reader more freedom of interpretation,” said Ricardo Nemirovsky, Principal Investigator of the team that developed the software.
VideoPaper Builder 2.0 doesn't require highly developed technology skills. The VideoPaper Builder web site contains a complete user guide and quick tutorial. Community Forums allow users to access technical support and share their experiences with the software.
Â“From our work with researchers and educators, we found that many people were on the cusp of wanting to create multimedia. Other programs available were too technical. You don’t need an extensive background in multimedia creation to use VideoPaper Builder,” explained Cara DiMattia, one of the developers of VPB2.
VPB2 is currently being used by pre-service teachers and faculty at Tufts University. Pre-service teachers construct VideoPapers that allow them to describe and share their experience as student teachers. With VideoPapers, they are able to observe and reflect on their classroom practice. VPB2 will also be used by the Seeing Math Telecommunications Project to provide accessible professional development to communities of mathematics teachers throughout the U.S.
Development of VPB2 was funded in part by The U.S. Department of Education. Visit http://vpb.concord.org.
About the Concord Consortium
The Concord Consortium (http://www.concord.org) creates interactive learning materials that exploit the power of information technologies. A nonprofit educational research and development organization based in Concord, Massachusetts, its work aims to improve learning opportunities for all students, reduce costs, and advance research methodologies. The organization has gained international recognition for its innovative use of technologies and careful assessment of social needs and potential impact.