Multimedia in Biology

With the advent of the Internet and other technological advances, we have nearly an infinite number of ways to present information.  The Web gives rise to the incorporation of animation, moving pictures, and sound into lessons, which extends our abilities to present materials that encourage student interaction with the subject matter.  Especially in the field of biology, pictures and animations help bring life to scientific studies.  Multimedia allows students to become more interactive in learning: they can watch experiments in action, view microorganisms in greater magnification, and use a mouse or keyboard to navigate simulations and images.  I experience the implementation of multimedia within the classroom daily, including (but not limited to) videos and slideshows.  An evident advantage of using multimedia is to convey information quickly and effectively to all students.

Beyond the classroom, it is difficult for me to describe how multimedia is used in my field.  In research, multimedia is useful for the dissemination of results through broadcasting conference discussions, publicizing and promoting research results to related colleagues, professionals, and to the general public, and for recording data, such as focus groups, interviews, and behavioral observations.  Being a freshman, I have yet to be exposed to the various research opportunities.

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