- This course is designed to give you an understanding of how to create and use multimedia content in and out of the classroom to enhance your students' learning opportunities. One of my daily tasks for the last three years has been to constantly search for innovative and creative ideas to help whoever I'm working with. A big part is finding the right materials to listen to and learn from. I watch courses on lynda.com. That's a must in order for me not only to keep my skills current and up to date, but to learn about the latest theories around learning and education, such as the course about The Neuroscience of Learning by Britt Andreatta.
Another course that you may wish to watch which will help you when creating your video content is Instructional Design Essentials: Creating Video Training with Garrick Chow. Another important part of the creative puzzle for me is to look not only outside the box, but inside the creative box. We need to look at everything companies are doing to enhance education in their space, and how they're enhancing and bringing products to the world. It's essential that as we are going to educate our children we as teachers must be aware of what's happening in the wider world and not just in our educational space.
A huge part of that process is reading magazines such as Fortune, Fast Company, and Ink magazine. The creative ideas from these publications are amazing. However, what I always get from the magazines is the ability to pick someone's mind and turn their ideas into something that's applicable to the educational space my teachers and I am in. Another huge part of the process is listening to people like Tony Robbins, Les Brown, Richard Branson, Tom Peters, T.D. Jakes, Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, Joel Osteen, and Eric Thomas to name a few.
These individuals have opened up a completely new world to me, because they're in a different field, which allowed me to expand my thinking. By expanding my thinking it has allowed me to become this creative person who's guided by this mastermind group of innovative thinkers. There's no way I can fail, and no way my students can fail. I have all this information and guidance by these amazing people who I've never met. That's the power of multimedia over the Internet. The power of YouTube.
The power of being able to bring the world to your front door. So, if there's some advice I can share here, it is to look outside your field for inspiration and ideas. They are there. Then once you've discovered these ideas write them down. And take those ideas and ingrain them into your course. Create your own content for your students using multimedia to enhance their educational experience. Pick up that Martha Stewart magazine, because an idea can come from just viewing how the cover's organized.
From the way the text is laid out. From the color combinations that was used. It can come from anywhere. And isn't that partly what the process is about in education? Trying to get our students to look at the world, come up with ideas, and create their own futures, thus creating ours.
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