Schools are perhaps the destination most in need of multimedia.Many schools in the United State today are chronically under funded and occasionally slow to adopt new technologies and it is here that the power of multimedia can be maximized for the greatest long term benefit to all.
In the 1990s,the U.S. government challenged the telecommunications industry to connect every classroom,library,clinic and hospital in america to the information superhighway.Funded by telephone surcharges (e Rate),most schools and libraries in America are now connected.Steps have also been taken to provide governmental support for state of the art technology in low-income rural and urban school districts,The National Grid for Learning (NGfL) has established similar aims for schools in the United Kingdom.
Multimedia will provoke radical changes in the teaching process during the coming decades,particularly as smart student discover they can go beyond the limits of traditional teaching method. There is indeed a move away from the transmission or passive learner model of learning to the experiential learning. In some instances teachers may become more like guides and mentors or facilitators of learning leading students along a learning path,rather than the more traditional role of being the primary providers of information and understanding.The students,not teachers,become the core of the teaching and learning process.This is a sensitive and highly politicized subject among educators,so educational software is often positioned as enriching the learning process,not as a potential substitute for traditional teacher based methods.
An advanced electronic teaching tool prepared by Yale University School of Medicine. It provides physicians with over 100 case presentation and gives cardiologists, radiologists, medical student, and fellows an opportunity for in-depth learning of new clinical technique in nuclear cardiac per fusion imaging.
An interesting use of multimedia in school involves the students themselves. Students can put together interactive magazines and they can even make Quick Time movie. They can also design and run web sites.
Technological literacy must become the standard . Preparing children for life time of computer use is just as essential today as teaching them the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic.
At one time, laser discs brought the greatest amount of multimedia to the classroom-in 1994, there were more than 20,500 educational titles available on laser disc for grades K-12, the majority aimed at science and social science curricula. Use of laser disc has been supplanted as schools have purchased more computers with CD-ROM and DVD players. And as school become part of the Internet, multimedia arrives by glass fiber and over a network.
ITV (interactive TV) is widely used among campuses to join students from different location into one class with on teacher.Remote trucks containing computers,generators and a satellite dish can be dispatched to area where people want to learn but have no computers or schools near them.In the online version of school,student can enroll at schools all over the world and interact with particular teacher and other students classes can be accessed at the convenience of the student,s lifestyle while the teacher may be relaxing on a beach and communicating via wireless system.For example ,offer classes to student who do not wish to spend gas money,fight traffic and compete for parking space they even provide training to professors so they can learn how best to present their classes online.