Audio, Video, and Other Multimedia Presentations
Podcasts, streaming videos, PowerPoint, and other forms of multimedia presentations provide an enriched learning experience for students. For instance, teachers can record lectures in podcasts, as well as share other important news and information with students.
YouTube has also become a widely used teaching and learning tool. Instructors can post their own instructional videos, while students can likewise create videos depicting projects or other learning experiences.
There seems to be no end to the uses of social media online. From keeping in touch with friends and family, or promoting a business, on Facebook, to tweeting about activities on Twitter, to setting up social networks on Ning to share resources and tips with like-minded people, to promoting one's academic or business endeavors with a professional profile on LinkedIn - "techno savvy" teachers can incorporate any or all of these forms of technology into the curriculum, depending on students' ages. Students can learn the various technology platforms, of course, but they can also develop social and communication skills, and older students can develop business and professional skills. (See the image of the header from this writer's Ning group - click for larger view).
E-learning is the ultimate form of educational technology, at least in this writer's opinion, as a doctoral student in an Ed.D. program with a dual concentration in - what else - Educational Technology and E-Learning! Online learning provides one of the most flexible and convenient means to pursue higher education, especially for busy adult learners. Laptops and 24/7 internet access to course materials and virtual classrooms add even greater measures of freedom and manageability to e-learning.
Following is a screenshot from the opening assignment in a new course entitled Instructional Design and Engaging E-Learning Activities, ironically enough (click on the image for a larger view). This offers merely one perspective on what a virtual classroom looks like. This screenshot depicts the assignment for participation in a discussion question in this particular course. Students and the instructor then have the opportunity to respond or comment on other entries.