Message of the dayIf you keep rephrasing the question,it gradually becomes the answer. ~Robert Brault
Introduction:• In the late 1980s and 1990s, multimedia has been used as an instructional aide.• It is an advanced form of projector.• Multimedia merges multiple levels of learning into an educational tool that allows for diversity in curricula presentation.•
Definition Multimedia is an electronic devicethat is used to project images, stories,movies and slides in an expanded formto make it visible and attractive.
According to Fenrich,Multimedia is the exciting combination ofcomputer hardware and software thatallows you to integrate video, animation,audio, graphics, and test resources todevelop effective presentations on anaffordable desktop computer. (Fenrich, 1997)
Concept: Multimedia is used any time one medium ofcommunication is coordinated with anothermedium to transmit information in some unifiedmannerThe most common methods of presentingmultimedia may combine any of the following.
Paper based-books ,magazines, brochuresLight based- slide shows ,overhead transparencypresentationsMoving images based-television broadcasts,VCR, filmsDigital based- computer devices, most commonlya monitor, audio speakers, keyboards and mouse.Audio based- record players, CD players, cassettetape player, and radio.
History:The term "multimedia" was coined byBob Goldstein to promote the July 1966opening of his "Light Works at LOursin"show at Southampton, Long Island.by the 1990s multimedia took on itscurrent meaning.
Benefits of Multimedia:Multimedia benefits are: It presents complete visuals of information byaudio, graphics and texts.creates a real life situation for the learnerIt enhances the impact of information on themind of the learner.
• prepared once can work for a long time.• It gives more opportunity to be creative.• A boring or a complicated matter could be presented in an interesting manner.
Classroom management of multimediaprojectsManaging a cooperative learning activityrequires special preparations like:Select the topic/area.
Group building:• Following are some important thing while making groups.• Strength should be not more then 4-6 members.• Group should be heterogeneous.• Identify the abilities of students e.g. searching, typing etc• Each member should be of different ability.• Assign roles according to ability.• Provide suitable time and resources to work on project.•
The title and task of a project group1.Production Manager
How to develop power point slides• Keep all visuals simple: major points only.• First slide must be of presenter’s detail personal introduction.• Second slide should have a brief introduction of project/content.• Third introductory slide .It must be relevant and attractive.try to start with relevant question or activity or quotation.• Use as much slide as your presentation need.•
• Last slide must be of references.• End with a relevant message.• For the most readable slides, use no more than seven words on a line,• Use the layout template for title page and for all slides.• If text imported by copying from another document (e.g., Word or Excel) use demanded font.•
Color:Fonts Building bullets points translate the major headings in your presentation outline into titles. Then buildColor bullet points using short phrases.• Color For text, use the fonts Arial and Arial Black. Font size must be visible. Heading should be bold. Use the same font size and style for similar headings.
Color:• Use a color palette of five or less colors for whole presentation.• Use the same color for same elements.• Use dark text on a light background.• Use dark text on a light background for transparencies.• Avoid light text on a light background (e.g., yellow text on a white background).• Avoid dark text on a dark background (e.g., red text on a black background).•
Tips for using slides:• Be sure that everyone in the audience can see the slides.• Show a slide, allow the audience to read it, then paraphrase it. Do NOT read from a slide.• Practice talking to the audience, not to the slides.• Use backup floppy disk in case of equipment failure.•
Conclusion: • Multimedia projects can engage students in the content of class and help them to demonstrate their learning in creative ways. • The process of planning and creating a multimedia project requires critical thinking and problem solving ability by the student. •
References• Green.D.T, Brown.A. Multimedia Projects in the Classroom, Crow in Press, INC.Thousand Osaks, California.• http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Collaborat ory/Idea/mm-why.html•
The important thing is not to stop questioning. ~Albert Einstein.