Enhancing Learning Through Multimedia

Multimedia is a very beneficial tool for teachers to utilize inside the classroom.  There are many different types; and each one comes with numerous benefits. Various modes of multimedia range from educational videos to animated applications.

Multimedia offers students the opportunity to excel in the following areas: School readiness, grades and performance, collaborative abilities, communication, and professional development.  These competencies build the foundation of students’ educational experience, as well as preparing them for their professional careers.

An example of a video form of multimedia is Khan Academy. Khan Academy offers free personalized, instructional videos, allowing students to practice exercises so they can learn and study at their own pace outside of the classroom.  This website provides assistance in multiple subject areas, such as: math, science, history, art history, and economics.  Khan Academy is a fantastic educational tool that presents students with multiple ways to diversify their knowledge.

Another example of a more animated form of multimedia, which appeals to elementary students, is called Bookabi.  With Bookabi, children have everything they need to tell their stories: 2D and 3D characters, extravagant backgrounds, and fun objects and stickers that children can place, resize, or rotate with the swipe of a finger.  Bookabi allows children to add speech bubbles, text, front cover design, and use their own personal photos as backgrounds!  With bookabi, children are able to bring their wildest imaginations to life.

Mulitmedia comes in many different forms and is used for a variety of purposes.  It is a great interactive tool that I plan on implementing in my future classroom to make learning effortless and enjoyable for my students.

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Bringing the World-Wide Web into the Classroom

The Internet is one of the most — if not the most —  expansive sources of technology available to us.  If used properly, the Internet in the classroom has a great potential to promote student learning.  It allows everyone to access information quickly, conveniently, and, most importantly, virtually at no cost.  The Internet can be used in countless ways to promote student learning in the classroom.

Google is one of the most powerful, beneficial tools the Internet has to offer when it comes to promoting student learning in the classroom.  One of the most advantageous tools Google offers schools is Google Apps for Education, or GAFE.  GAFE offers student’s unlimited gigabits towards the entirety of Google Applications, such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Google Sites.  These sites will help me, as a future teacher, to effectively communicate with students and their families; while helping students stay organized, collaborating with each other and manage their homework and various other assignments.

Since these students will only be in elementary school, their Google account will be monitored by their parent or legal guardian.  They will be given the student’s username and password, allowing them to gain a better understanding of what is being covered in class on that specific day, and when homework and other numerous assignments are due.  I believe that when parents are cognizant of their child’s responsibilities inside and outside of the classroom, they can better monitor and ensure that all the work is done on time and to the best of the child’s ability.

Another surprisingly useful tool that will help to promote student learning in the classroom is YouTube.  Utilizing YouTube, I will be able to post content such as a tutorial video, which explains how to do the homework from the previous night.  While the video is playing, I can circulate through the classroom and provide additional help to students needing it.  This will allow me to save time during the overall class period.  YouTube will also provide the means to introduce students to new assignments that require a different medium of technology.  Students can watch the videos on one medium, while simultaneously working on their assignment.  YouTube will afford students the opportunity to access the materials from class, both inside and outside the classroom.

I believe that Internet incorporation within the classroom has the potential to expand and promote student learning.  The Internet provides students with unlimited access to almost anything and everything imaginable.  With the world at their fingertips, it is my job as an educator to enforce digital citizenship and responsibility, and to certify the students’ safety.  The Internet is comprised with millions of constructive tools that will help teachers connect with students and their families.