About CaPPs

CaPPs is a multimedia library of video clips and commentary that teachers can access on-demand to find answers to their questions about Project-Based Science (PBS). CaPPs is scripted in Hypercard and distributed on CD-ROM (along with the PIViT design tool), so that CaPPs can be distributed, and accessed at teachers' convenience.

CaPPs focuses on the five features of Project-Based Science: use of driving questions, artifacts, collaboration, investigations, and technology. Each of these features are elaborated by exploring questions that are meaningful to classroom teachers.

By viewing video clips of experienced PBS teachers, new teachers will be better able to construct a practical vision of how PBS actually looks in classrooms. By pairing these video clips with researcher comments, teacher comments, and passages from teacher case reports, CaPPs will help new PBS teachers develop an integrated understanding of the key features and challenges of teaching in a project-based environment.

Obtaining CaPPs

For more information about CaPPs, you can send a message to Joseph Krajcik, one of PBS's four original co-primary investigators (the other three are Phyllis Blumenfeld, Ronald Marx, and Elliot Soloway).

Credits for CaPPs

CaPPs is a product of the Project-Based Science group at the University of Michigan. CaPPs is designed by Joseph Krajcik, Elliot Soloway, Pamela Hayes, Nathan Bos, Reuben Rubio, Barbara Ladewski, Karen Meyer, Beverly Kelly, and John Freeman. CaPPs for Macintosh¨ is programmed by Pamela Hayes. CaPPs is supported in part by grants from the National Science Foundation. CaPPs is Copyright ©1993-1995 The Regents of The University of Michigan. All Rights Reserved.

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