How do you choose the right multimedia for your eLearning course?
- Use a wide range of multimedia tools for maximum learners’ engagement.
When choosing the perfect multimedia components for your eLearning course, be sure to opt for a variety of forms. This will allow you to cater to different learning needs. For example, learners who are auditory will benefit from audio elements, such as recorded lectures or music, while those who tend to learn more from visual components might prefer interactive games or videos. With that being said, you shouldn’t go overboard when selecting your multimedia. Keep in mind that the multimedia you use should accentuate your core content and improve learners’ retention, but it shouldn’t be the proverbial “star of the show”.
- Choose images that are copyright free and relevant to the content.
Including images that illustrate content or are relevant to the eLearning course can help to engage the learners and make your modules more aesthetically appealing. When searching for images, be sure to opt for ones that are royalty free, as you won’t want to have to deal with copyright issues. Remember
Educators literally have a world of knowledge and resources at their fingertips as one director of curriculum-and-instructional technology declared in response to THE Journal’s national survey.
“What better way to learn about the situation in Syria than tweeting #Syria and receiving a tweet from someone there?” But guiding your students in learning new concepts, gaining insights and building their skills requires you to be comfortable with the technologies that can make all of that happen.
Where do you start? We asked your colleagues that same question, and they responded in multitudes. Their recommendations covered the alphabetic gamut, from adaptivity and apps to wikis and a willingness to learn. We compiled and consolidated 121 different results to develop this year’s list of five must-have multimedia skills for 2015.
Although the responses are ranked in order of popularity, you can begin your self-improvement plan anywhere on the list. No matter which one you decide to start with, these skills, sensibilities and products can keep your classrooms lively, your instructional practices fresh and your students (and you) personally engaged.
1) Troubleshooting Your Own Tech
No matter how great your school’s IT
Whether you teach kindergarten or work in higher education, whether in a physical classroom or on an online platform. It’s important to keep in mind Mayer’s 10 principles when working-in-digital learning environments with your students.
Here are ways to use these principles in your classroom:
1. Coherence Principle
Students learn best when extraneous words, pictures, and media are eliminated. When creating online courses or presentations, be sure to limit your screen to only essential information.
2. Signaling Principle
Keep students on task by highlighting essential information. Add visual cues such as bolding important words or circling important images in an example.
3. Redundancy Principle
This principle refers to having side-by-side closed captioning and voice narration of a text. Mayer’s best practices note that there should be either text or voice narration to prevent students’ cognitive overload. However, when working with students who have special needs (such as dyslexia or sensory processing disorders), it may be useful to supply both text and voice narration.
4. Spatial Contiguity Principle
Mayer notes that students learn best when corresponding words and images are displayed near each other on the screen. This allows students to direct their
How exactly are they different from any other essay form? What-is-the pulse of a persuasive essay?
The pulse can be understood from the inclusion of the word ‘persuasion’. This should make it amply clear that the form has got to do with something that needs convincing and persuading. You write an essay with the sole purpose of persuading the reader. And-for something that has a fixed objective in mind, there needs to be certain acquired writing skills as well. But that apart, the theme or the topic at hand is of foremost importance because it is with this topic that you’ll be making a base for your defense. Thus choosing a good persuasive essay topic becomes really important if you want to make an impression. In the following article, we will look at some persuasive essay ideas for different age groups.
Ideas for Middle School
When it comes to ideas for persuasive essays for students of this age group, it works best to keep them simple. At this stage in a young student’s life, we are just getting him/her started out on the way a persuasive essay should be written. Here are a few examples.
Is it important to have pets?
Sampaguita is the national flower of Philippines. It is grown in the tropics, mostly for it’s rich-fragrance.
It’s complex chemical composition makes it a worthwhile option for medicinal and ornamental purposes. Here’s a detailed look at the prominent attributes and uses of this intoxicating flower.
According to a Filipino legend, a jasmine shrub grew on the grave of an ill-fated lover who waited for the other to fulfill a promise. Thus, the name sampaguita is derived from the words “sampai kita”, which means “I promise you”.
Sampaguita is the common name for Jasminum sambac in the Philippines. It is a flowering shrub with small fragrant white flowers and is a species of jasmine. A native of Southwestern and Southern Asia, it is believed to have first originated in the Himalayas. It was brought to the Philippines by some travelers in the 17th century. However, it is now a part of the country’s beautiful landscape and also its culture.
Unlike other species of jasmine, sampaguita is a tropical evergreen shrub that flowers throughout the year in tropical climate. Although the size of its flowers is smaller than some other species, it is much more fragrant than the others.
Classification and Nomenclature
Sampaguita is known as “Arabian Jasmine” in
Idiom as (an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own)
‘Barking up the wrong tree’ sure gives us the idea of it being associated with dogs!
The English language is full of colloquialisms. They (unconsciously) add a flair to the way a language is used. So much so, that these expressions have become an integral part of our speech. Every day, we come across idioms and phrases that never stop to amaze us. If you stop and think about it, some phrases have literal meanings, while some don’t make sense when heard for the first time. Some are wise sayings from our ancestors, while some lack the roots. Well, knowing a bit about the origins of the idiom can help in concreting the language assembles in our mind.
In this extract, we’ll talk about one such interesting idiom ‘barking up the wrong tree’, giving its origin and examples to use it in the right way.
► The origin of the idiom ‘barking up the wrong tree’ is said to have roots associated to dogs and hunting.
► Picture this. A dog chases an animal (for example, a
As opposed to common belief, a simile doesn’t necessarily have-to-have the words as and like.
A simile is a figure of speech used when there is direct comparison between two things, people, or qualities. Though the easiest to understand and use, is also a little confusing at times. Most of your lessons must have told you one thing: that when in a sentence, there is comparison with the words ‘as’ and ‘like’, the figure of speech used, is a simile. However, you’d be surprised to know that this isn’t always true. For this, you need to understand the ‘simile’ completely. The best way to do so, is with the following examples.
Comparison using ‘as’
➜ “She dealt with moral problems as a cleaver deals with meat.”
– James Joyce, ‘The Boarding House’
➜ “Listening to your beautiful voice everyday is as effective as having the same food for all my meals.”
– Neha Joshi
➜ Watching the movie was as good as (or ‘like’) watching a snail cross the road.
➜ She isn’t as beautiful as her mother was in her youth.
Comparison using ‘like’
➜ “Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”
– Mark Twain
➜ “Insanity hovered close
Personification is applying a human trait (quality) to an inanimate-object. Personification is one of the simplest figures of speech to use-and-understand.
When we assign human qualities such as looking, shouting, dancing to non-living things/objects, we use personification. For example, if I say, “The sunflowers danced in the lovesome sunlight.”, I use personification twice. First, when I use ‘dance’ for the sunflowers and second, when I use ‘lovesome’ for the sunlight. Similarly, if I say, “Horror was staring at me.”, I use the human ability ‘to stare’ for horror. Literally, horror cannot stare, but we give it the ability to do so (as a part of figurative language), to add more emotion to what is said/written.
In the following paragraphs, we shall study how personification has been used since centuries to make a simple text more dramatic, to convey a thought aptly and to sometimes, add humor.
Personification Examples in Prose
There are literally more than a thousand examples that we can go through. However, we’ll only look at the most famous. For example, personification examples in Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare are really noted.
The worshipped sun peered forth.
The earth hath swallowed all my hopes.
Juliet:”For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night /
To study the growth of mold on bread samples every alternate day, for a course of 2 weeks.
Caution: If you are allergic to mold, then avoid performing this experiment or use mask and gloves for safety. Seek permission from your parents and teacher before you start with the experiment. Also, after you are done noting down the results of the experiment, dispose off the bags containing moldy bread safely, without opening them.
Equipment: Here is a list of materials you will need to perform the experiment.
5 slices of bread
5 transparent sealable bags
5 – 7 cotton swabs
Lemon juice/water/apple juice/salt/sugar (at least two of these items are required)
Procedure: Growing mold can be a simple experiment, and performed on a slice of bread. However, to make it interesting and more detailed you can work on 5 samples of breads rather than just one. So, gather the above equipment and follow the below steps.
Take the cotton swabs and run them over areas which have dust, like under a table, bed, or basement.
Then rub the dust from cotton swab over the first bread slice.
Repeat steps 2 for
One of the greatest milestones of human civilization was the-creation-of-languages.
It is quite amazing to understand the concept of language, which developed among humans in different parts of the world. The idea of two neighboring states, or may be countries, bearing two completely different languages from each other is but one of the most defining moments in human existence. Language is an ever-widening sea; the more you explore it, the deeper you find yourself submerged in it. One of the precious pearls of this sea of knowledge which we are going to discuss here is called analogy.
What is Analogy?
The main purpose of analogy in language is to bifurcate two elements, which may be based on concepts, relationships, phenomenon, etc. The bifurcation is created with an intention to compare the two things so that the reader can relate to something that reflects their similarity. In other words, analogy aids the reader, to perhaps, have a visual understanding of the logic of what you are trying to exhibit.
For instance, let’s consider this example: “My writing is to me, as flying is to a bird.” In this statement, I am trying to emphasize the importance of my work as a writer.
FAR is the abbreviation for Floor-Area-Ratio.
FAR is defined as ‘the ratio of a building’s total floor area to the area of land upon which it is built. The constructed-area would include the basic structure, exterior walls, staircases or lobby-space, if any. The ratio is obtained by dividing the total area built by the area of parcel of land upon which it is built.
The Gross Floor Area includes all the space within the exterior walls of the construction under study, including all habitable and inhabitable spaces in it.
FARs include all the habitable area in the building, and excludes areas such as parking lots. The habitable areas, according to the specified building codes, are the spaces used for living, cooking, eating, and sleeping. Toilets, closets, corridors, halls, utility and storage areas are not considered as habitable spaces.
Floor area ratio = (Total covered area on all floors of all buildings on a certain plot) / (Area of the plot)
FAR = (Gross Floor Area) / (Area of the plot)
FAR is used for developing the zoning codes by the government’s planning department. The zoning code for a parcel of land mentions the permissible floor space that may be constructed on it. The architect may take
Multimedia design is the art of integrating-multiple-forms of media. It is used in video games, information kiosks, websites-and-many other interactive applications.
Careers in multimedia design can be found in a growing number of industries, from Madison Avenue advertising agencies to Hollywood production companies. For information about potential degree programs and career opportunities in multimedia design, read on. Schools offering Multimedia Design & Development degrees can also be found in these popularchoices.
About Multimedia Design
Multimedia design requires both creative and technical skills to integrate two or more types of media. It is probably most prevalent on the Internet, where you might encounter a web page that uses a combination of audio, animation and text. The advertising and marketing industries have jumped on this trend of using multiple forms of media to reach wider audiences. Industries such as video gaming and education are also taking advantage of innovations in multimedia design.
Important Facts About Multimedia Design
|Common Courses||Web video fundamentals, 3D model design and construction, advanced illustration, animation, advanced imaging|
|Concentrations||Imaging and illustration, digital video, web design, print and publishing|
|Learning Environment||Traditional classroom and online availability|
|Continuing Education||Professionals can take advantage of certifications offered through|
We evaluated the effectiveness of an accessibility-enhanced multimedia informational educational program in reducing depression and anxiety increasing satisfaction with the information and materials received by patients in coronary care unit.
We selected 100 patients from among the patients who stayed at or who underwent surgery at one of two ICUs for any reason who satisfied the eligibility criteria, and agreed to participate in the research. The participants were included in the control or experimental group by random selection. The patients completed the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale during ICU admission and 1 week after hospital discharge.
The difference in HADSA score was significantly greater in patients who received education than in patients who did not receive multimedia nursing education (4.2 ± 0.58 vs. 0.6 ± 0.42; p < .01). Additionally, the difference in HADSD score was significantly greater in patients who received multimedia nursing education
Future teachers who received multimedia-instruction about how-to-use a specific teaching strategy outperformed peers who read the same information in texts, according to a study from the University-of-Virginia’s.
The study was published in December in the journal Exceptional Children.
“As we prepare our students to become the most effective teachers they can be, we continue to research the most effective teaching methods and utilize them in our own teaching,” said lead researcher Michael Kennedy, an assistant professor at the Curry School.
The multimedia-based instructional tool, called a “content acquisition podcast,” or CAP, is a short, multimedia-based instructional vignette that provides focused instruction for a specific topic of interest. Questions can be embedded within each CAP that make them more interactive than a text-based lesson, and also provide feedback to the learner – and instructor – on the user’s performance.
The specific lesson this study reviewed covered a method of measurement well-known in the special education field called “Curriculum-Based Measurement,” which allows teachers to test and graph a student’s performance on a particular competency – for example, a student’s ability to read aloud – over time.
“Curriculum-Based Measurement is a topic and skill teachers definitely need to know about,” Kennedy said. “But
In an increasingly complex-world, it is critical that all students have extensive practice in what it means to think like a scientist. The skills essential in science education are not only needed by scientists, but by every citizen in order to become a scientifically literate person able-to-function in a society where science has a major role and impact.
Advances in every arena, from computer technology to healthcare to food production to the automotive industry have changed our world in ways that few could have anticipated. Students need a firm grasp of science in order to fully comprehend their world and make informed decisions. The questions presented by new technologies may not have an answer or may have multiple answers. Students who have experience applying scientific inquiry and reasoning to real-world problems in the classroom will have an edge when faced with these types of questions as adults:
- What does it mean for a food to be genetically modified? Is it dangerous?
- What effects will new fuel technologies have on the environment?
- What are the benefits and detriments of stem cell technology?
In the last twenty years, educators and researchers have begun to look carefully at science education and how students learn best. It is generally
Teaching needs to be studied in context as-a-whole. This approach would require the student to-spend much time in classrooms and in reflection.
The STF is a learning environment which while not replacing actual teaching experience, can support that experience and allow students to maximise the benefit of the time they do have in the classroom. Students can learn about instructional strategies in a classroom context, tapping into an experienced teacher’s knowledge and experience. The motivation for creating the STF was not to ‘teach’ the students the ‘correct’ strategies to use in the classroom, but to support them in constructing and testing their own understanding of the instructional strategies in a classroom context.
The next phase of the project will be trials of the STF with pre-service primary teaching students. A copy of the prototype will be installed at Newling Primary School so that the teachers there can become familiar with the project and offer comment. After this exposure to the concept, a survey will be conducted to determine the structure and content of an STF which would support in-service training.
The accepted stigma around math remains:
Distaste for math usually begins early on, where an experience in school leads a child to feel disengaged or incapable of understanding an elusive mathematical concept. As a teacher, I believe that children do not have to experience math as daunting and unwieldy, and that a portion of the population is not predetermined to use a calculator to figure out real-life problems. However, in order for teachers to change children’s trajectory, they need to be trained to deeply understand what they are teaching and have numerous strategies to help children master the content.
I attended a year-long teacher preparation program that involved spending a school year in a mentor’s classroom while earning my master’s degree in elementary and special education. Once I was on my own, I quickly realized that I was not sufficiently trained to teach math to my fifth graders. This is not because I wasn’t taught anything about teaching math, but because the curriculum was too broad.
To become a certified elementary teacher, you must be trained to teach all subjects. I know you’re thinking, Hey, elementary subjects can’t be that hard
For anyone on the outside looking in. All the materials was given meant that was well prepared.
Technically, I was given all that I needed to succeed. Unfortunately, none of the tools I was given considered the complexities of teaching that I faced once I entered the classroom. The curriculum was so scripted that it allowed little to no time or space for me to be creative in teaching. For students who asked a lot of questions, thought deeply, and wanted to create a true connection to what was being taught, my classroom did not work. The script I was given was so structured that it forced me to ignore students who were asking brilliant questions. These students quickly grew frustrated, and before long, became increasingly disengaged. As they grew more disengaged, they began to feel disconnected from the classroom. Before long, their frustration turned into either behavior problems or complete disinterest or behavior problems.
As behavior problems rose, I was forced to pull out the school rulebook. Students who would speak out of turn just to create a break in the script/curriculum I was following were reprimanded. They would talk to each other in class
Unfortunately, learning is not an-information transfer process to drinking water from a cup or copying files from a high.But why The hung up on the word teaching ?
But why am I hung up on the word ‘teaching’? Why must we make this differentiation between ‘teaching’ and ‘learning’? We often use words to convey messages and express feelings but tend to forget that we also use words to develop understanding and to control our mind. Our belief system controls our actions. If you believe your responsibility is to teach, then you focus on your presentation of the material, your lecture structure and style, your choice of videos, the design of your exam, your grading and attendance policies, and ultimately your glory as a leader in the impartation of knowledge to the next generation. Thus, student learning won’t make it to your “to do” list when you prepare for your teaching. This is why we see hundreds of beautiful and attractive but absolutely useless PowerPoint presentations in our classrooms today.
So, let us admit that teaching is not learning. Acknowledging the problem is the first critical step in finding the solution to the learning dilemma,
This is The reason normal job is no need at all.
About 39 times a year, I question why I went into teaching. Everywhere you look there are articles about low teacher morale, the politics of education and statistics about why no one is going into teaching anymore.
Sadly, many of those articles do reflect the reality of classrooms today. It is a hard, hard job.
But teachers already know that.
As the end of the year approaches, we don’t need another article about all the difficulties and obstacles teachers face today. Awareness is great, and all teachers wish the general public had a better understanding of what we do each day, but what we all need now is a pep talk.
We want to finish strong and remember all the good things about our job, in the midst of a time where many feel exhausted and under appreciated.
It’s a crazy life. A life that one can only understand once in the trenches: tying the shoes and wiping the tears and teaching the words.
There are some days where on my way home, I am convinced that I am never stepping foot back into my classroom again. It can go on without me. You