How Interactive Multimedia Affects Young Children
Huge emphasis has been placed on exploring ways to enhance the learning and cognitive development process of young children over the past few decades
“Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the concept of multimedia took on a new meaning, as the capabilities of satellites, computers, audio, and video converged to create new media with enormous potential.” (cemca.org, n.d.). Among the various attempts that have been made to enhance the understanding and perception of students about the subject matter in the class, one particular method that has produced the maximum results involves the use of interactive multimedia in the educational setup. Interactive multimedia has served to raise the children’s interest in their studies manifolds by taking their concepts to a higher level. As the name implies, interactive multimedia plays a fundamental role in improving the interaction between the student and the subject matter under discussion in the class at a particular point in time.
Interactive multimedia fundamentally involves the display of pictures and videos about the subject on a screen fixed at a certain place in the class so that all students can easily watch it with minimal inconvenience to the eyes. Stuff to be displayed is carefully selected from the jargon of videos and pictures available on the market. Student’s perception is facilitated to the extent that they tend to identify relations between individuals characters in the picture which is certainly more than wasting energy in realizing what the characters would be. Conventionally, it takes so much time and energy to understand the basic concepts that a child can highly think at a higher level. Moving pictures displayed in multimedia technology solve this problem for the children. Energy saved this way shows up in the form of enhanced interest and zeal in the studies. This improves the children’s performance in the studies down the road. Hence, with the incorporation of multimedia technology in the delivery of education, young children are able to do much more than they would be in the conventional educational setup without the use of interactive multimedia.