Multimedia Software in the Classroom-Ed 205

May 20, 2007 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Principal Lancaster,

The need for multimedia software in my classroom and all others in the building would be very beneficial not only to the success of the students, but also to the success of our staff as a whole. The text-based programs that are currently on the computers are great for student use when writing papers, or searching for simple information, but they do not do much to help the students actually learn or be engaged. Based on the research that I have been sifting through multimedia gives us as teachers the ability to present information more naturally by not only using text but images, audio, video, graphics, etc. This allows all children to have an opportunity to learn with their own individual strengths. I have found several statistics from the article, “The Ideal Multimedia-Enabled Classroom: Perspectives from Psychology, Education, and Information Science” such as,

* Multimedia applications can enhance student learning. Active learning indicates what percentage we remember: 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we hear and see, 70% of what we say, and 90% of what we both say and do (Todd, 1997).
* According to the United States Department of Defense data, we have short-term retention of approximately 20% of what we hear, 40% of what we see and hear, and 75% of what we see, hear, and do. Trainees complete courses with multimedia in one-third the time of those receiving traditional instruction, and reach competency levels up to 50% higher. In most cases, the overall cost of instruction is lower (Oblinger, 1991).
* In broad terms, computer-based instruction works. It offers a 10 to 20% improvement in performance over conventional training methods and a one-third reduction in time on task. They [trainers] can reduce the amount of time that a trainee spends learning by one-third (Fletcher, 1991).
* Students retain 20% of what they see, 30% of what they hear, 50% of what they see and hear, and 80% of what they see, hear, and interact with (Shelly, Waggoner, Cashman & Waggoner, 1998).

In order to help our students learn as effectively as possible we need to invest in multimedia educational software instead of simply text-based software. Yes, this may cost more money than the other software, but the benefits and time saved by the students learning more effectively will allow our students to perform better on the standardized tests that are always hanging over our heads while still having a curriculum that is interesting and not based on “the test”. I have included a link to an article that I think will greatly help to support my position. The article sums up the effectiveness of multimedia in education and the key elements to make this successful. Thank you for your time and consideration of this very important proposition.



I found this article through the GVSU library website and the WilsonSelect database. Source: Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia 12 no2 199-221 2003. Title: “The Ideal Multimedia-Enabled Classroom: Perspectives from Psychology, Education, and Information Science”. Authors: Ahmet M. Eskicioglu and Danny Kopec


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