Interactive multimedia tools in the science classroom: a summary of their effectiveness and a guide to their evaluation





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This project explored the effectiveness of using interactive multimedia tools in a science classroom. The review of literature shows that well-designed interactive multimedia products can be effective teaching tools. Research also shows that many teachers are uncomfortable using technology in their classrooms, and are unfamiliar with the necessary design features to make a multimedia product effective. The author developed an evaluation form to help teachers evaluate interactive CD-ROM products. Effective educational multimedia products have clear objectives, high levels of interactivity, and information that is appropriately sized for the user. Software developers at Hamline University reviewed the form and provided feedback. It was determined that the evaluation form is likely a good tool for classroom teachers. Further, if multimedia products are to be widely accepted and used by teachers, then software developers must provide teachers with resources to help overcome obstacles to their products' use in the classroom.

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