Using multimedia resources in the classroom has pretty much become a staple. Many students are efficient in using the resources, and they are a very effective teaching tool. I think that anything that will enhance the learning experience is necessary. We are teaching more forward thinking, innovating, and technologically savvy individuals, and to stay ahead of the learning curve, instructors must come out of the dark ages. Long gone are trips to a physical library to research, many students have a mass of resources right at their finger-tips.
TeacherTube is an online community for sharing instructional resources for teaching, including videos, audios, docs, photos.
I think resources such as TeacherTube are vastly benefical for instructors and their students. Being able to share with instructors around the world different lesson plans to enhance the learning experience is great. I’ve always wanted to know what other states are teaching their students who are on the same level. This type of resource allows for that, and not only just other states, but other countries around the globe. Watching videos, listening to audio lectures, everything is all there for you to learn from and bring back into the classroom for your own learners.
iTunes U -Over 800 universities have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions — including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley — distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store. In addition, cultural and education institutions, such as the Library of Congress, public broadcasting organizations, and state departments of education, also contribute to this growing educational content repository. iTunes U is the ideal resource for educators who want to gain insight into curriculum being taught worldwide, get access to primary resources, and find inspiration for enhancing teaching and learning with technology.
Overall I think that having multimedia resources are great, however as I mentioned before, they are just a tool. One of my concerns is that instructors may become to dependent on these resources, and much of the personalized instruction will go out the window. There has to be balance. Yes, take advantage of each resource, but make them your own, and make sure the interaction amongst students doesn’t suffer.