Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

In the Wake of Laserdisc's Demise

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

In the Wake of Laserdisc's Demise

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Unlike CD-ROMs, both sides of a DVD can be used. The image quality of DVDs is comparable to that of laserdiscs, but because of its size, DVDs are more durable and portable. DVDs also boast unique playback features and can be used interactively in the classroom. And with prices starting at under $100 for new DVD players, the discs make an affordable option for cash-strapped educators.

John Kuglin, vice president of education and training programs for Comchoice, says DVDs have the potential to improve student achievement. "Instructional research shows that computer simulations and graphical representations of physical phenomena help to increase student achievement," he says. "The visual and storage capabilities of DVD technology lends itself well to instructional practices that are consistent with this research." DVDs allow full-motion instruction and can include printable lessons and links to pertinent Web sites. Instruction on DVDs can also be delivered in multiple languages, Kuglin adds.

In the 1990s, the education community embraced laserdiscs as a new technological teaching tool that offered unsurpassed video and audio, as well as greater storage capacity. …

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