Multimedia Software-Exciting!

By Thode, Terry | Technology and Children, December 1998 | Go to article overview

Multimedia Software-Exciting!


Thode, Terry, Technology and Children


If you're looking for an exciting way to engage elementary students in integrated learning, then multimedia software is for you. Multimedia software encourages students to creatively combine graphics, audio, and text in presentations that can then be displayed on the computer, saved to disk, or recorded on a video tape for later use. Instead of a poster or a report on space, students from Kindergarten up can do individual or group multimedia presentation on satellites, Hubble Space Telescope pictures, or a biography on the astronauts. Some of the best multimedia presentation software available for the elementary school is amazingly easy to use for students and teachers. If you're a beginner to multimedia presentations, then here are some software programs to get you off and running.

Kid Pix Studio

Kid Pix(iD Studio from

Broderbund is a classroom favorite for students Pre K-8. With this tool, students even as young as preschoolers can combine animation, special effects, video, photos, music, and text with their original drawings to make an exciting multimedia presentation. Many teachers already use Kid Pix as a easy-to-use drawing program. This software builds on that concept by adding Wacky TV, Moopies, Digital Puppets, Stampinator and the SlideShow features. With a short introduction, students of all ages can easily create slide shows and animations of a school project, report or even a class yearbook. Kid Pix Studio has lots of everything you need for an elementary presentation from hundreds of stamps and backgrounds, both realistic and fictional. The new version Kid Pix Studio Deluxe has text-to-speech capability, Webgraphic capability and fullyeditable text! The software also lets you input pictures from Photo CDs and add recorded sounds to each picture in SlideShow. It's an easy-to-use program that gives all students success on the first try. Available on CD in both Macintosh and Windows platforms, this program will keep kids and you challenged for a long time! Check out their Website at www.broderbund.com for new ideas and upgrades.

HyperStudio

HyperStudio produced by Roger Wagner gives you and your students the tools to create impressive interactive presentations. In HyperStudio, students working in groups or individually can use text, graphics, sounds and movies to produce commercial-quality presentation in a fun, creative style. …

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