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Multimedia classroom used to teach future educators

- By Christina Gurnak/Staff Writer

Students enrolled in "Computers in L2 Teaching" this semester are learning to use multimedia tools in the Student Multimedia Studio to benefit the students they plan to teach in the classroom.

Theresa Minick, a part-time instructor for Modern and Classical Language Studies, instructs the class.

"The students are learning to make animated gifs, creating Web pages and producing Powerpoint presentations to use the technology for lesson plans in the classroom," Minick said.

Undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in the class, and students' backgrounds range from Germany to Pakistan.

"The students in the class come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all have the same goal-they want to use the technology to teach a second language to young students," Minick said.

"These students are using the lab (the Student Multimedia Studio) to create pedagogically sound lesson plans using technology to facilitate the acquisition of a foreign language," she said.

Minick said the class is usually held in a multimedia classroom in Satterfield Hall.

"The students are using the technology of the (Student) Multimedia Studio to learn how to do assignments for my class in Satterfield," Minick said.

Minick said she wanted students learning a foreign language to get away from listening to audio tapes, and instead learn from interactive videos and other multimedia tools.

"We're learning to use the digital cameras and videostreaming equipment in this lab to help us create innovative teaching tools," Minick said.

Gretchen Whitman, a graduate student who teaches at Hudson Middle School, said she thought the means of learning material through multimedia will benefit students more.

"I use Powerpoint in my classroom, and the kids are a lot more energetic and interested when I teach," Whitman said. "They get really upset when the server goes down!"

Duane Burn, a senior general studies major, said the multimedia tools he has used for the course promote a collaborative learning environment.

"I'm using technology to create family trees," he said. "I want to teach kids K-12 how to make them, and this lab is great because of the accessibility to different programs."

Minick said she is excited to be involved with the process of teaching students to use the software for HTML and Powerpoint presentations.

"The people in the lab here (the Student Multimedia Studio) are so helpful and have really been patient with us," Minick said.

"In the long run, I think the children these students teach will benefit from having them as an instructor because the classroom will be so much more student-oriented," Minick said.

Jason Ables, a junior Radio/TV production major and a student multimedia developer for the Student Multimedia Studio, said he is glad to help out Minick's class.

"I'm glad everyone's getting experience in the multimedia world and is seeing what technology we have at KSU," Ables said.

Minick is working in conjunction with Moulton Hall and Teleproductions to create a Web site for her classes.

"I've made some Spanish video clips as a Moulton Fellow that will be available on a Web site in fall semester 1999," Minick said. "It's been a collaborative effort with some wonderful people in Moulton Hall and Teleproductions.

"I wanted to create a Web page because I wanted to think about students in different majors (besides language studies) who can incorporate language into their professions, like criminal justice students or kids in international marketing," Minick said.

Gary Mote, production manager for the Student Multimedia Studio, said he is glad the class has a lab to go to for the equipment and skills needed to complete the students' projects.

"Theresa's Web course development is a great model of how Kent's diverse media units-Moulton Hall, Teleproductions and the Student Multimedia Studio-can collaborative to support faculty and students who want to utilize technologies for teaching and learning," Mote said.

The Student Multimedia Studio is available to all students.

The lab is located in Audio Visual Services in room 331.

It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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