Using Multimedia in the Classroom

With so much information and different technology tools at our fingertips today, there are a lot of different forms of multimedia that can be used in the classroom. Just a few forms of multimedia that can be used in teaching includes podcasts, video recordings, and the use of other web 2.0 tools, such as learning websites and social media.

Podcasts are helpful tools that can have multiple benefits. Teachers can use podcasts to record the lectures that they give so that students who missed class or wanted to go back over the days contents can listen to it. It can also be helpful for parents, so they can listen to the podcasts and stay in the loop of what their children are being taught. Not only is it a tool for teachers, but it can also be a tool for students. Students can use podcasts for assignments, such as creating a short story and saying it aloud. Personally, since I will be teaching elementary students, I think I would use podcasts as something for students to use more. I think is could be helpful for reading skills and creativity, where a student has to come up with a story and share it on their own podcast in class. Then, in class, I could help the students upload it, and this way their story could be heard by anyone, not just the teacher and other students in the classroom.

I think video recordings can also be useful for many reasons. Live performances, like concerts, can be recorded and viewed live by others, such as family who could not make it to the performance or live far away. Videos can have many other uses, such as recording feedback for students or making classroom videos. This is just the tip of the ice berg, there’s so many different ways video recordings can be used. In my classroom, I think I would use video recordings for making class video projects.

There are also many web 2.0 applications that can be used in the classroom. For instance, with Kidblog, students can create blogs of their own to post their own assignments and write creatively. There is also a web 2.0 site called my StoryMaker, which in one of my personal favorites, where students can have help writing stories of their own. Not only that, but there are other social medias, such as twitter, that as a teacher, I could post to a classroom website. All of the different forms of technology used could be posted, or I could even just post a URL link. There is also Edmodo, which is basically a website that is like Facebook, but made specifically for use in the classroom, to post assignments, give feedback, and interact. I could see these different forms of multimedia being used in my classroom for the various reasons that I just listed, and much more! There are so many possibilities with so many different multimedias available!

These different forms of multimedia are also favorable for use in the classroom when it comes to the ISTE standards. Creating their own podcasts, video recordings, or blogs can help inspire creativity and help learning. These are all also digital ways that the students can do classwork and learn.

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