It is said that we live in an ‘information society’ and it is true that information and communication technologies (a form of multimedia) are a persuasive influence on modern day living. This paper will explain the different forms of multimedia used throughout Primary schools in Australia, The paper will also examine the cost of multimedia, how to use multimedia effectively with Indigenous students, if multimedia is a necessity, the positive and negative effects of multimedia in education through examination of the New South Wales Board Of Studies Syllabi, Key Learning Areas (KLA) for New South Wales primary school students.
What is multimedia?
Today’s classrooms are a thriving centrepiece for innovative technology and sensory learning. Multimedia comes in many different forms. It is anything you can hear or see; text, pictures, music, sound, videos, recordings, interaction, films or animations. Multimedia can be used in many facets, one in particular being a tool in education. Multimedia has developed so rapidly over the last ten years that it is now common to have a multi-sensory classroom environment (Marsh, 2008)
The types of multimedia currently being utilised in education?
The technologies that are developing learning opportunities in schools
A portable computer that is commonly available in many schools and often entire classes has their own individual laptop computers (Marsh, 2008).
It is said that tablets are set to replace laptops in schools in the near future (Marsh, 2008). The feature that makes them most attractive for primary classrooms is the user friendly touch screen.
Personal digital assistants (PDA’s)
A PDA is a device that combines computing, fax, telephone, internet and networking features. This enable the classroom to be paperless as all class notes can be downloaded to each PDA unit.
The MP3 has been widely used as a medium for entertainment, until recently as teachers have...