A Special Report on Multimedia in Schools

In science and math classes across the country, digital tools are being used to conduct experiments, analyze data, and run 3-D simulations to explain complex concepts. Language arts teachers are now pushing the definition of literacy to include the ability to express ideas through media. This report, "Multimedia Transformation," examines the many ways multimedia tools are transforming teaching and learning as schools work to raise achievement and prepare students for careers that require increasingly sophisticated uses of technology.

Download the interactive PDF version of the report, Multimedia Transformation.

Schools are incorporating computer simulations and 3-D modeling to help students visualize and understand complex concepts.
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The math world is bursting with technologies that visualize concepts, adapt to students' strengths and weaknesses, and align with state academic standards.
June 15, 2011 – Education Week

Teaching students to read and write with depth and understanding should be a high priority no matter what approach is being used, experts say.
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Students can now review thousands of perspectives from key historical figures faster and more easily than ever before.
June 15, 2011 – Education Week

Digital tools can be key to engaging more students in art and music and preparing others for careers in those fields.
June 15, 2011 – Education Week

Experts say educator skill is the key determinant of the impact that interactive whiteboards have on student learning.
June 15, 2011 – Education Week

In the age of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, some schools instead turn to social networks designed specifically for education.
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Students at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia are the employees in a school-based production company that provides video services.
June 15, 2011 – Education Week

Digital curricula repositories are helping to fill the growing need for more and better multimedia content.
June 15, 2011 – Education Week


Tuesday, June 14 @ 12 p.m. EDT
Transforming Curricula Through Multimedia Tools

Our guests answered questions about how to incorporate multimedia tools into the core subject areas of science, math, social studies, and language arts curricula appropriately, effectively, and seamlessly. Access the archived version here.

Photo Gallery

State of the Art
Click through a gallery of multimedia digital drawings, paintings, and music made by students at Digital Arts Technology Academy at Cathedral City High School near Los Angeles, Calif. The collection includes a musical accompaniment by student Arionna Rudolph.

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