I have to tell you that Multimedia is one of those things that all teachers should start using. It is a way for you students to learn things by doing it themselves. For example, they can use video cameras to shoot a breaking alert story on the frogs growing in their classroom. By giving them these tools they can be creative in a way that they love. Kids love to take pictures and videotape themselves. Why not have them learn in a way that they love or in a way that benefits their creative side.
Parents are a huge part in a child’s life. Why not give them a way to see exactly what their children do in school? Set up a podcast for your classroom. Have the children take turns recording what they will be doing that day. Let their parents hear them get excited about what they are doing. Even though they might be at work or at home. Podcasts are a great way to keep your student’s parents on track with what is going on. It is also another way to keep your children on track. You can post assignments on the podcast website through a visual podcast(can’t remember the name haha). Podcasts are a great way to keep in tough with everyone.
Another great type of multimedia is Web 2.0 programs like youtube. This is a great place to post videos of the children, as long as you ask permission first if the children are below high school. Children have the creativity to do anything they want when they have multimedia at their fingertips. Teachers need to realize that multimedia isn’t just for the children of this generation, its for the adults of the past generations too. So pick up your cameras and your microphones and your video recorders and start to have some creative moments with the children. They will love you for it.
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