Multimedia for Learning

Share your experience with multimedia for learning.

As a former director of and specialist in the field of instructional technology and the Director of Communications in the industry of technology and design, I have a lot of experience in multimedia and specifically multimedia for learning. For more than a decade, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the leading experts in the field of multimedia in the classroom. I also worked with Discovery Education for much of that time. In my opinion, they are the industry leader in the use of multimedia for learning. Through my experiences, I have seen the results of excellent learning opportunities. Because of these experiences, I love to share my knowledge on the right tools and methods that have been developed over the last decade to integrate technology effectively in the classroom. They are not the only ways to create lessons, but for STEM courses, these methods work very well.

With the use of the 5E model, in conjunction with SAMR, TPACK or 3E Framework, integration of multimedia becomes seamless. While teachers in the early 2000’s struggled to integrate technology in a meaningful and memorable way, the opportunities for use have definitely improved since then. The 5E Model is made up of five parts: engage, explain, explore, elaborate, evaluate. This opens the door for perfect use of multimedia in the engage and explore stages while giving students the opportunity to create their own multimedia projects in explain and elaborate. These steps are followed by a chance for them to study what they learned and shared and enhance their understanding even further.

SAMR allows each of these 5E sections to be broken down as its own lesson when necessary to scaffold use and implementation according to the lesson itself. Some lessons, or parts of lessons don’t need much more than the basic replacement of old tools for new ones. However, as students begin to understand the topic area and the tools, it is always good to encourage new use of tools and even further, using tools we have in unexpected ways. While the SAMR model allows you to find levels of tool use, the TPACK model helps you to build the lesson for use. They are almost partners in lesson planning. TPACK brings the pedagogy and content knowledge together and pairs them with a technology that will enhance the lesson. This, of course, is a simplified explanation, but shares the basic process.

Like TPACK, the newer 3E framework works similarly to TPACK in that it doesn’t focus on the technology but on the learning. The 3E framework focuses more on the learning goals though. If comparing the two, TPACK doesn’t necessarily use the term learning goals, but talks about content knowledge, somewhat implying the same thing. This is definitely¬† a big interest of mine. The 3E model is fairly new and my understanding of it has only scratched the surface. Many schools are moving to it (within the last year) and I would like to learn more about why they are. Sometimes it’s more about the salesman and less about the product. I share all of this, because my experiences are a huge part of why I have been successful in understanding, developing and sharing effective use of multimedia in the classroom.


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