Digital technologies (software, Web sites, etc.) offer many types of interactive learning experiences for students. From simple animations, audio captions, and dynamic images to more sophisticated simulations, databases and collaborative tools, technology may provide teachers with different means to help students engage with content and concepts. Research findings, however, have been mixed in terms of the benefits of interactive technology on student achievement. With this question in mind, please read Multimodal Learning Through Media: What the Research Says from the Metiri Group. As you read, consider the following three questions:
  • In general, how would you characterize the effectiveness of instruction augmented with multimedia tools and resources?
  • When selecting interactive or non-interactive multimedia tools and resources, what might you consider?
  • What are some of the limitations of this type of instruction that might concern you?