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This course offers multimedia approaches for bringing history and science to life through websites and audiovisual tools that effectively engage students and help them gain a deeper understanding of what they are studying. Practitioners will be able to use their resulting presentations in an internet-based remote classroom or embed multimedia components within a presentation for use in a non-internet face-to-face classroom such as within the Department of Corrections.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Social Studies, Science, or Technology teachers and tutors of all levels

Through two two-hour webinars plus homework, you will gain knowledge of how multimedia can create content that engages your students in an effective and comprehensible way.

Through multimedia, students can experience significant historical moments and explore documents, artifacts, and places. They can explore science through experiments, hands-on tools, and real life images. Studies have long shown that multi-sensory learning helps our brains remember information better than single-sensory learning and is in line with the theory of multiple intelligences.

All three parts must be completed in order to receive PD hours.

Webinar 1 (two PD hours), 10/23/2020: View and discuss three multimedia approaches that may be used to show information:

  1. Face-to-face example: PowerPoint – Walk through events in a linear approach loaded with videos, podcasts, pictures, and sound files
  2. Distance/remote learning example – Microsoft Word lesson plan with links and student checklist for an interactive online experience
  3. Distance/remote learning example – Google Slides for easy online access to lesson materials

Practicum (two PD hours, spread over several weeks): 

  1. Use PowerPoint, MS Word, or Google Slides to draft a multimedia presentation of a historical event, person, document, artifact, or scientific concept for use with students.
  2. Post your presentation to Blackboard, or email it to the instructor.
  3. Email the instructor with any questions on difficult topics or challenges within the multimedia approaches. The instructor will investigate and present the answers in Webinar 2.
  4. Prepare to present your work in the final webinar.

Webinar 2 (two PD hours), 12/4/2020: 

  1. Present your work in Zoom. Review and discuss your peers' presentations, and review any difficult topics or challenges that were identified.
  2. View and discuss further creative resources for building interactive presentations with a variety of multimedia.
  3. Experience advanced formats and tools. 
    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Explain three lesson approaches for incorporating multimedia into history or science
  • Recognize several ways to represent complex information using multimedia
  • Build an engaging lesson using multimedia as an assignment
  • Offer flexible lesson delivery (face-to-face or distance learning/remote learning) in your lesson
  • Acquire knowledge of Blackboard and Zoom for your lesson presentation
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
  • Access to a computer or device capable of participation in Zoom
  • Comfort with accessing the internet and with trying audio and video tools
  • Basic Microsoft Office skills
  • Basic Google Tools skills
End Date

BlackBoard (online)
United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
Corrections Education
Digital Literacy