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A. Decide on Relevant Standards and Benchmarks
B. Decide if Multimedia is Appropriate
C. Decide on Learning Outcomes
D. Decide on Appropriate Assessment Measures


B. Decide if Multimedia is Appropriate

Before implementing a multimedia activity, teachers need to consider whether it is an effective way to achieve the desired learning outcomes. In some cases, alternate tools (such as books, manipulatives, or videos) might be more effective or efficient.

When setting instructional goals for multimedia activities, it is critical that students learn something beyond computer skills. It is also important that the activity focus on the lesson's content, rather than gratuitous "bells and whistles."

When integrating a multimedia activity, consider the following:

  1. Multimedia activities must be relevant to the curriculum. Technology is a tool and should be adapted to enhance the lesson -- you should not have to adapt the curriculum so that technology can be included.
  2. Activities are more meaningful if they are authentic and meaningful. Creating a chart with a spreadsheet to illustrate a concept engages students in the process, prepares them for their future, and illustrates the use of "real-world" tools.
  3. There should be sufficient resources. Some topics do not lend themselves to multimedia simply because there are not enough resources. Planning and classroom management are essential so that multimedia activities do not result in frustration, for the students or the teacher.
  4. There should be sufficient time. Carefully evaluate the amount of time that can be devoted to the multimedia activity. Both short-term and long-term activities can be effective if carefully planned.



Try This

Outline an activity for your classroom when multimedia would be appropriate.

Address these issues:

  • How is the activity relevant to the curriculum?
  • What aspects are authentic?
  • What resources are required? Are they available?
  • How much time will be allocated for the activity? Is there enough time for all students to succeed?

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