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"HIV and AIDS: What Kids Want to Know" and "Lets Talk About HIV and AIDS" are interactive, multimedia, computer-based training programs for children ages 9-12 and children ages 6-9. The most innovative part of the software is the use of children who are affected by HIV/AIDS to guide development and narrate the programs. The programs contain voice, sounds, animation, and video to keep children involved in the learning. The use of sound is an important feature in the software. Using children affected by HIV/AIDS as narrators creates a powerful experience while hearing the children talk openly and honestly about HIV/AIDS. While the progam runs on Win XP, it does not run on Win 7.  However, it may run on the forthcoming Win 8.  We are hoping to develop an app version for smartphones. 

Ann Wilder and Dick Schoech developed the programs at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. For additional information contact Dick Schoech, Professor, U. of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work, Box 19129, Arlington, TX 76019-0129 phone: 817/272-3964 FAX: 817/272-2046, Support was provided by an AT&T Scholars Grant and the Levi Strauss Foundation.


 

Details about "HIV & AIDS: What Kids Want to Know" (6-9 year old)

Eight screens from the 6-9 year old program

Description of the 6-9 year old program

The 6-9 year old program titled "HIV and AIDS: What Kids Want to Know" presents a very elementary approach to exploring HIV and its nature. A jungle setting and theme were used for the 6-9 year old program based on the suggestions of the kids. The program focuses on basic health and hygiene in addition to the more concrete aspects of disease prevention, such as, hand washing and how to help with a nosebleed. This program could be used with mentally challenged populations, such as the mentally retarded or the severely mentally ill, whose functioning would be at a 6-9 developmental age.

The 9-12 year old program titled "Let's Talk about HIV and AIDS" uses the metaphor of HIV as a "pirate." The 9-12 year old program explores prevention and disease concepts relevant for late elementary and early adolescent populations, for example, how HIV attacks the immune system and sexual contact as a mode of transmission. The interactive multimedia program contains color graphics, sounds, kid's voices, limited animation, and video. This content is particularly appropriate for using video scenarios of children offering choices in healthy decision making, for example, drug and alcohol consumption.

Overview of the 6-9 year old program

"HIV & AIDS: What Kids Want to Know" contains the following content.

Purpose of the 6-9 year old program

Goals and Objectives of the program of the 6-9 year old program

Goal 1: To increase children's (ages' 6-9) awareness of health through instruction of wellness concepts

Goal 2: To increase children's (ages' 6-9) awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS through instruction of disease concepts.

Goal 3: To increase children's (ages' 6-9) awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS prevention through personal decision making.

Evaluation of the 6-9 year old program

The program was reviewed by kids of the Kids Club of Dallas; however, a formal evaluation has not yet been completed. Resources to evaluate the program are currently being sought.


Details of "Let's Talk About HIV and AIDS" (9-12 year old)

8 screens from the 9-12 year old program

Description of the 9-12 year old program

The 9-12 year old program titled "Let's Talk about HIV and AIDS" uses the metaphor of HIV as a "pirate." The 9-12 year old program explores prevention and disease concepts relevant for late elementary and early adolescent populations, for example, how HIV attacks the immune system and sexual contact as a mode of transmission. The interactive multimedia program contains color graphics, sounds, kid's voices, limited animation, and video. This content is particularly appropriate for using video scenarios of children offering choices in healthy decision making, for example, drug and alcohol consumption.

Overview of the 9-12 year old program

"Let's Talk About HIV and AIDS" consists of 24 screens that are clustered into four segments.

Goals and Objectives of the program of the 9-12 year old program

Goal 1: To increase children's (ages' 9-12) awareness and understanding of health through instruction of wellness concepts

Goal 2: To increase children's (ages' 9-12) awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS through instruction of disease concepts

Goal 3: To increase children's (ages' 9-12) awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention through instruction of personal decision making.

Evaluation of the 9-12 year old program of the 9-12 year old program

The evaluation of the 9-12 year old program was designed to address some of the issues currently facing parents and teachers in examining HIV/AIDS curriculum. The evaluation samples consisted of:

The total evaluation is available as the thesis of Ann Wilder, the co-principle investigator and senior research assistant on the project. The thesis is available upon request or from the University of Texas at Arlington library. The key findings of the evaluation are summarized below.

Parents reactions to of the 9-12 year old program:

Teachers reactions to of the 9-12 year old program:

Children reactions to of the 9-12 year old program:

Overall we were pleased with the evaluation results. Both parents and teachers were very positive about the program and its use. Children learned almost all the expected concepts and their behavior is likely to change in many of the desired ways. Our kids viewed the program alone. We expect even stronger learning and behavioral change by children who view the program as part of a group under the guidance of a trained teacher.

These programs were designed specifically for use in a classroom setting. Research and evaluation took place in schools with both students and teachers. Suggestions for use vary greatly depending on the class size, availability of equipment and maturity of students. Adult guidance is advised for the use of these manuals due to the nature of the subject matter which tends to raise questions in children which will need to be answered by a competent adult. Possibilities for viewing consist of individual sessions at a multimedia station using a pair of headphones to contain the sound. A small group setting could also be arranged for viewing with four to six children around one computer screen. A large group presentation could take place with the use of a LCD panel attached to an overhead projector. Whatever the viewing conditions, expect questions from students some of which may be noted here.

Information on the CD-ROM Version

The programs were originally developed on a CD-ROM.  The screen shots above are from the CD-ROM version.  The CD-ROM version contains both programs.  It is free, however, a $25 fee is requested for the programs to cover the cost of CD-ROM pressing and postage. The $25 fee may be waived for those unable to afford the $25. The CD-ROM version includes an additional software module "For kids 9-12-video."  This module contains artwork and videos of some of the developers who worked on the 9-12 program.  Requests the program.

 

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