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Instructional Multimedia provides essential information to students in a manner that is familiar, valuable, and contemporary. Using Instructional Multimedia in the classroom allows students to improve digital-age literacy skills, improved inventive thinking skills, and improve basic skills. Through Instructional Multimedia, students can learn outside the walls of the classroom 24/7. The graphic below illustrates how students learn when using media.
Why Instructional Multimedia?
Think about curriculum
Think about each unit you are teaching during the school year. Think about how you can integrate video or interactive tools and websites into your classroom. Little by little, you will be able to transform your classroom into an interactive, 21st Century learning space. It is important to think about media's message as well as the integrity and value of the media. For more information, go to Media's Message
Tips For Using Instructional Multimedia
Using instructional multimedia in the classroom is an effective way to reach all learners. Use these guidelines when using media.
There are at least three main reasons for integrating video segments into your lessons:
A) to introduce a new topic,
B) to provide an additional learning experience to reinforce your current lessons,
C) and to assess the extent to which your students have mastered the material.
1. Frame: Provide a context that helps students pay attention to the main content of the video. Ask students questions about the topic explored in the video to activate prior knowledge. When necessary, tell your students enough about the part of the story preceding the segment, so they can follow along.
2. Focus: Help students notice the important moments in the video by providing them with a specific focus, something to look for while they watch. Without a focus for viewing, students see all sorts of interesting details - but not necessarily the idea or information you want them to focus on.
3. Follow-up: Provide an opportunity for students to summarize what they saw - because they will see different things, and not always what you expected them to see! Re-telling what they saw helps students consolidate their understanding and remember it.
Tools for Classrooms
There are many tools available for educators and students in a your classroom.
PBS LearningMedia offers thousands of standards-based pre-K-12 media resources, support materials, and self-paced lessons.
PBS LearningMedia Resources Include:
What can teachers do with PBS LearningMedia?
==PBS LearningMedia Account Creation==
It is quick and easy to create an account in PBS LearningMedia. Simple click on Sign Up for FREE or Login with your PBS Account link on the main page and fill out the information. Teachers can create generic student accounts if they do not plan on using groups or folders. Otherwise, students older than 13 can create their own account. Students who are younger than 13 need to have parents create an account for them.
If you'd like to share videos, interactive lessons or resources with students, simply create a group and share that media with that specific group.
Khan Academy is easy to access and teachers and students do not have to have a log in.
Additional facets of Khan Academy:
Khan Academy Account Creation
You can immediately use Khan Academy in your classroom without creating an account. However if you'd like to track student data you will want to create an account and provide your ID# with students.
1. Log into Khan Academy using your Google or Facebook account login
2. Give your Khan Academy ID to each student
Students can create accounts by clicking on the Login button. To associate the student account with a teacher account, please instruct students to do the following:
1. Have each student login to their Khan Academy accounts and go to their profile page (just click on their name at the top)
2. Have students click on the coaches link on the left and add your Khan ID there
Detailed, step by step instructions can also be found in the "setting up accounts" section of our teacher resources. IF you can't use Facebook or Google accounts in your school, please follow these directions for Account Creation
In education today, data has become a leading indicator of student progress. Using Khan Academy with students allows them to gauge their progress as well as allows teachers to view student progress. Once students have made an account, they can add you as a teacher or coach so that you can view individual student data. Instructions for student accounts with teacher or coach. When you click on this link, your coach idea will be viewable to you. Share this ID with students you want to track.
Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston. They encounter both Patriots and Loyalists, and when rising tensions result in the Boston Massacre, they must choose where their loyalties lie.
Mission US can be used in the classroom or students can access at home. The resource is web-based, but teachers can also download the game onto computers.
According to Tech Learning, Gaming in Education can:
Mission US Account Creation
Teachers and students can create their own account by clicking on the registration link. Mission US no long has a class registration option. However, you can use this resource in a computer lab by having students work individually or as teams.