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These days, a walk through a modern classroom might find students and teachers focused on the Smartboard in front of the classroom, students leaning over their computers as teachers instruct algebra, or they could have the latest iPad in hand with current science news streaming live. This kind of technology is not just in the K-12 classroom, either. With every year, more adults are using online classrooms to get a degree or earn an additional higher one. These are only a few ways in which multimedia have changed the traditional classroom dynamic, in K-12 and higher education schools. Nowadays, with younger people using technology earlier, teachers are keeping pace by instituting teaching methods that use these technologies. As technology continues to improve every year, and as more businesses use it for employee training and ways of operating, it is becoming increasingly beneficial for children and adults to learn to harness these technologies.
Multimedia can come in many shapes and forms. In the K-12 classrooms, you could see students using iPads, iPod Touches and other computer technologies. Teachers use Smartboards, high-tech computer software and programs, and information sharing programs like Wiki and Blackboard. Students and teachers are connecting more than ever on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Students can get up-to-date information for their class online, while teachers can collaborate on effective teaching skills or ideas. The younger a student learns to effectively and productively use tools and platforms like these, the more able they are to function competitively in an increasingly tech-driven world.
As well as K-12 students and teachers, those in higher and online education have found that multimedia use in the classroom to be extremely beneficial. Scientific journals and reports and current events accessed online, and interactive software and information sharing sites have become the norm in the college classroom. It is the exclusive norm in an online college classroom - lectures and assignments are viewed and completed online as part of the curriculum.
Below are a few reasons why students and teachers alike are embracing multimedia in the classroom:
- Learning is more interactive and engaging for both.
- With more visual aids and interactive materials, students are more likely to retain and understand challenging concepts.
- New scientific discoveries and current events are only a click away, which makes classroom learning always up-to-date and relevant in today's world.
- More collaborative learning between the students and between the teachers.
- Access to global classrooms enables students from other countries to learn from each other.
Multimedia use in the classroom is quickly replacing traditional teaching methods. As we continue to move toward the goal of having all classrooms and schools outfitted with this technology, the end result is certainly a more learned and tolerant populace - one that will collaborate on new ideas, one that will advance education even more for their children, and one that will connect with people across the globe more than ever before.
Still in its infancy stages, the modern classroom will always rely on traditional methods of teaching. Teachers, no matter if they are right in front of you or on the computer screen, will still be highly respected and educated individuals that are relied upon to learn, understand, and subsequently break down lessons into digestible learning segments for their students. Students will still have to collaborate with each other and learn from their mistakes, despite advances in technology that may enable them to bypass these important learning steps. Even in higher education, whether online or traditional, students are still expected to use their own cognitive and conversational skills in order to successfully pass a class. As the poet John Donne said about the human condition, "No man is an island", the same can be said about the ever-expanding global classroom.