Multimedia is the integration of text, graphics, animation, sound, and/or video into the content being taught, the teaching process, or student products. Multimedia tools extend the student’s understanding and provide a multi-sensory approach to the mastery of lesson content. Multimedia projects allow students to be creative and problem-solve while promoting student engagement through individual (or group) learning goals.
- Determine what students will produce that would demonstrate mastery of the learning objective.
- Choose a multimedia tool that will support the learning objective and differentiate students’ work based on the student’s interest, ability, and/or learning style.
- Anticipate and troubleshoot any student questions, timing issues, or difficulties in using the multimedia tool by using the tool prior to the activity.
- Introduce and model using the tool during class, allowing students to become familiar with the tool.
- Ensure that student expectations are clear and the objective of the activity is understood.
- Create and provide a lesson structure (timeline, agenda, outline, etc.) to guide student work time which will allow the teacher to facilitate and individualize support.
- At the end of the lesson, close out the activity or allow students time to save, make changes, and/or come to a stopping place with their project for the day.