Multimedia in Chinese Elementary Schools
John Ronghua Ouyang, Kennesaw State University, United States ; James E. Yao, Texas A&M University-Commerce, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Multimedia describes any system that unites two or more media into a single product or presentation. Along with the increasingly developed computer technology, it is believed that multimedia is the best single set of technologies to promote among teachers to improve the way they educate students. Facing the challenge of large-sized classes and lack of multimedia resources, Chinese teachers have made an impressive progress in using multimedia in their classrooms. They are taking the advantages of national centralized curriculum, design and develop multimedia courseware to accompany with the textbooks. Collaborating with media specialists, they have been directly involved in multimedia courseware development. Supported by administrative bodies, they participate in training, enrich their own technological skills, and utilize multimedia to improve teaching and learning. The schools, like Danyang Experimental Elementary School, Yangzhou International Elementary School and Nanjing's Beijing East Road Elementary School are setting up a good start, although there still exists a great unbalance in utilizing advanced computer technology among Chinese schools and teachers.
Ouyang, J.R. & Yao, J.E. (2001). Multimedia in Chinese Elementary Schools. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1291-1294). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).