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ERIC Number: ED459433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 11
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Teaching Language Arts with New Technologies: The Role of Multimedia and the Responsibilities of Teachers.
Ripley, Abida
Multimedia, the latest revolution in pedagogy, has been both embraced and rejected by teachers, education critics, and parents. To be effective educators, teachers must critically examine these new tools and learn how to use them properly--as part of well-thought-out curricula with clearly defined goals and objectives. This paper argues that the future of multimedia technologies in K-12 classrooms, particularly as pertaining to language arts instruction, rests primarily in the hands of the teachers. As background, the paper outlines some philosophical and theoretical approaches to information technology (IT) and multimedia. It then presents case studies from K-12 classrooms, multimedia applications such as "talking books"--CD-ROM or Web-based programs that present stories through a combination of screen text, voice-over, pictures and animation. The paper notes that the new technologies have already been transformed from specialized tools demonstrated by a trained technical elite to teaching tools accessible by any willing educator or student and finds that this transformation is due to the evolution of increasingly user-friendly multimedia authoring tools. It concludes that the true potential of multimedia processes is rooted in their interactive nature and the investment and participation of both the teaching and the learning user. (Contains a 15-item bibliography.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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