- Through the use of multimedia content we can cover all the learning styles, which gives students the opportunity to engage and retain the information. There are three learning styles. They are visual, kinesthetic, and auditory. It's essential that we include each learning style in our teaching, helping us to ensure that we are supporting all the types of learners within our classroom. Let's look at ways we can use multimedia in each learning style.
First, let's talk about visual learners. Ways to reach this learning style is through the use of images, videos, and websites such as YouTube and Vimeo. Try to use the methods the students use to engage themselves during their leisure time. Such as watching videos on YouTube. I think that it's essential that we enter the student's world instead of always asking them to come into ours. So, as an example would be creating a video with a transcript.
They could watch the video and then read the text, which will reach them visually. Adding the transcript element also gives them the opportunity to help improve their literacy skills. Sometimes without them even know that they're doing so. Now, kinesthetic learners. Kinesthetic learners like hands on experience. For these students, come up with some sort of project or task. Especially a collaborative one. Use text, audio, or and video instructions to let students know what is required for their task.
At the end of the instructions, have the students carry out a task. Try to make it some type of collaborative task where the students have to get others' opinons and come up with a conclusion based on the facts each have read. Finally, auditory learners. Using audio is important because it gives us the chance to have all the instructions available, and there's never any doubt about what's required. I use audio to record full lessons, starter tasks, main tasks, and plenaries.
I sometimes have the students record our conversation on their phones and so they have a clear audio vision of what is required for them to complete. Let's look at some tools which can help create e-Learning materials for the various styles. Adobe After Effects for video creation and to add captions. Adobe Captivate. Captivate allows me to author multiscreen responsive e-Learning courses where I can then add video, sound, text, and images.
Adobe Presenter gives us the options of attaching files to a presentation. One great feature is that all the contents can be delivered on one screen so students can stay in the same environment the whole time. Reallusion CrazyTalk Animator, what a fabulous tool. Because most teachers don't like to place their faces on the screen, it is my job to find a cartoon character with some likeness of a particular teacher and then use the audio we recorded to animate the character.
Articulate Storyline 2. This program provides you with some options to easily create different types of interactions such as drag and drop or quiz questions. Adobe Audition. This is a great tool for recording and cleaning up audio. Screenflow. Screenflow allows me to record the screen, add text, resize the video, and it has many other features. Handbrake is a good tool for exporting your video that you've already recorded.
The reason I love it is because it allows me the opportunity to reduce the size of the video easily. Oh yeah, and it's free. Adobe Fireworks and Photoshop. I use these tools for image manipulation and creation. iBook Author is another free program. You can create books which you can then share with your students through any of the cloud based services or via e-mail. Camtasia Studio and Fuse. The ability to edit video in this program is simply amazing.
The other main feature I use it for is to bring video from a teacher's iPad into Camtasia using Fuse. Adobe Media Encoder. From After Effects or Premiere Pro I can export my video into Adobe Media Encoder, choose a format I want depending on the device I want to export it to. I can also export it to multiple formats at once. Having an awareness of your students' learning styles can help you during the course planning and developmental stages by allowing you to incorporate engaging and interesting content with multimedia.
Elearning expert Renaldo Lawrence takes a typical lecture-style lesson and breaks down which parts can be transformed into a multimedia project. Renaldo then guides educators through rewriting lesson plans and goals, creating video and audio assets, publishing the project online, and incorporating the new multimedia curriculum into the classroom.
- Using multimedia to reach students and parents
- Planning your multimedia project
- Setting goals
- Recording and editing video and audio
- Staying organized
- Sharing the project with the class