Multimedia arts and education
There are many parents who often complain that the use of technology for their school kids is either expensive or too technologically advanced for their kids. There are also some parents who refuse to take an active participation in the homework of their kids when it requires the use of multimedia. There are also some dads and moms who are critical when it comes to the use of multimedia in educating their kids saying that there is no need for such and that the traditional way of teaching kids their lessons is still the best.
Before we go on a further discussion about education and the use of multi-media, let us first discuss or define what multi-media art.
Multi-media art refers to a way of communicating where the user has to provide input and the user’s input will be part of the final output of the program being used. Interactive media allows users to engage and interact with the medium.
The most common type of multimedia is the internet or even videogames.
Educating through multimedia
Schools these days make use of multimedia in order to enhance the learning of the students. This is not surprising given that schools have internet connections and computer labs.
But teaching with the use of multimedia is more than just allowing children to surf the internet. In fact, there are many new programs that have been developed for the function of education.
For example, there are programs that involve both digital storytelling and interaction between the program and the school kids.
There are also educational internet based programs that provide a classroom alternative to teachers and students alike. Schoology, for example, is an educational tool where the teachers can post their lessons and hold classrooms discussions. It also allows students to upload their homework or school projects.
There are also speech synthesis and talking books that can be used by students for studying. For example, the text to speech programs allow users to convert their written output into audio form. One may ask how this is beneficial to students. Well, sometimes it is easier to spot the grammatical errors when listening to the sentences rather than reading the composition.
Talking books also help students retain their lessons or prepare for major examinations or tests like comprehensive exams, final exams, board or licensure exams or bar exams.
Not all can be replaced by multimedia
But educators should also be careful in their use of technology in teaching the lessons to their students. Just because a program makes use of technology does not necessarily mean that the multimedia use is the best method of teaching.
Teachers must weigh whether a particular multimedia program has value added or is better than the alternative way of teaching.
For example, if teaching how each animal sounds and looks, is it always better to use the internet in teaching these things to young kids? Keep in mind that there are other traditional ways of teaching sounds and the looks of animals to children like puppet shows or role playing.
No one can deny that using technology including multimedia arts for teaching is very useful. But it does not mean that the traditional way of teaching is less beneficial since there are old school teaching styles that will never be outdated and are effective.