I consider myself to have a fair amount of experience using multimedia in the ELT classroom. In previous teaching posts, I have been lucky enough to have an interactive whiteboard, and laptops and iPads for student use. See one of my previous posts on iPads and teaching here. As a result, in class my students could view movies, make movies, do research, record audio, complete online quizzes and exams, make interactive flashcards, use ebook versions of course books, and a whole load of other great stuff! But we all need a refresher or an injection of new ideas from time to time, so yesterday I attended one of the talks at the Macmillan Education online conference.
The talk was entitled ‘Using Multimedia in the classroom’ and was presented by Robert Campbell, an ELT author. It was an interesting and informative talk, especially for those new to using multimedia and mobile technology in the classroom. As well as discussing different ways of using multimedia, Robert also considered issues such as students knowing more about the technology than their teachers, and the misuse of smartphones and other such devices in class.
I was particularly pleased with some of the non-teaching trivia which I picked up. For example, the term ‘tech-savvy’ was only included in the Oxford dictionary this summer! I was surprised; seems to have been around awhile. If you want to know how tech-savvy you are in comparison to a 14/15 year old, who, apparently are the most tech-savvy age group, visit ofcom.org.uk to take the test.
And, before yesterday, I’d never heard of Raspberry Pi. Have you? Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer which can be connected to a monitor or TV, keyboard and mouse, and away you go. Apparently, the idea is to help educate children in the use of technology and programming skills. Read more about it here.
I also learnt a new acronym: BYOD.
Can you guess?
Bring Your Own Device!
Are you using multimedia in the classroom? As with anything it has its benefits and drawbacks, but I think the benefits win out.
If you’re thinking about it, I believe all the webinars on the Macmillan conference have been recorded and will be made available to view, so I suggest you have a listen to Robert’s talk. It might help you make that first step. It’s worth it!
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