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Multimedia facilitates collaborative working, enhances creativity, makes learning more accessable and can motivate pupils. It additionally motivates children who often lack self esteem and find traditional style of learning challenging.

When children are involved in mulitmedia applications. according to (Duffty. 2006) they are developing their skills in
  • Using sound, text and images to communicate concepts;
  • examining the needs of a specific audience;
  • working collaboratively;
  • enagaging in design processes;
  • critically evaluating their work
Waite (2005. p.145) points out that multimedia 'offers appeal to both visual and auditory learning styles'

Using multimedia within the classroom can be a variety of forms from Movies in Movie maker to using the well known and used clip art.
A recently found and utilsed within the classroom is
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this rather cool software, enabvle words to be out in to create effective shapes and words. The more times a word is typed in the larger it become e.g.

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According to Sont, there are twenty ways to incorpoate multimedia into the classroom, ghowver some, quite obviously , are promting Sony products, rather than tools, therefore I have extracted these, these specific products from the text..I am left with seventeen.

1. Group video reports foster team building and provide hands-on experience with new technology. Assign three to five students to a team and let each team choose a topic about which they can make a short movie.

2. Video yearbooks on DVD are a popular trend and simple to produce. Video editing software students can edit together video footage and still images highlighting the year’s activities to create a polished movie.

3. Enhance the school website with streaming video content. For example, students could create a video tour of the school complete with a host/narrator and subtitles.

4. Video language lessons can help speed learning. One teacher in Monona, WI shoots video on her trips to Frenchspeaking countries.

5. Produce highlight reels to document progress in music, dance, or sports. Capture video throughout the year and edit the clips together.

6. Create movies of school productions such as plays and drama presentations. Students can create a soundtrack, edit video footage, add special effects, and produce the final DVD.

7. Liven up parent-teacher conferences with video footage taken in your classroom throughout the year. Short clips can easily be merged together, set to music, or even given some commentary.

8. Slideshow presentations can be used for almost any subject and are easy to create. You can use slideshows to enhance your lessons, or ask students to deliver reports in slideshow format.

9. Multimedia portfolios show off student work in a fresh, new way.

10. Video book reports are a fun way for students to learn multimedia production. Students can incorporate narration, still pictures, and music in their reports.

11. Royalty-free music for presentations is easy to createanyone can create great-sounding music in minutes without infringing on copyright laws.

12. Fundraiser CDs are a fun alternative to selling cookies and candy. For example, students can make a CD of a school concert and sell copies to raise money for the school.

13. Create mobile music lessons that students can download and play on their portable music devices.

14. Animate student poetry with music. Have students create music that matches the mood of a literary masterpiece or enhances their own original composition.

15. Set math to music, For example, using musical beats is an excellent way to introduce the concept of fractions.

16. Podcasting is a method of communication allowing anyone to create audio files and post them on the internet for others to download.

17. Convert lessons to MP3 so students can listen to material more than once.