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Multimedia Resources For The Classroom

Multimedia Resources For The Classroom

According to Msimanga (2019), resources are materials (especially books and equipment) that can be used to help achieve a particular aim and provide teachers and students with information. They assist in facilitating the learning process.
Classroom resources can also be regarded as different ways and means by which information can be delivered to learners.

The purpose and importance of teaching and learning materials is to make lessons interesting, learning easy and enable teachers to easily express concepts (Open University, 2022), certain other resources can facilitate learning even in the absence of the teacher, such as auditory media, visual media, audio-visual media, and programmable media. Resources do not only help you in the classroom, but they can also go beyond the classroom.

The COVID pandemic has certainly proven to us how important it is for us to redefine what we call a classroom. There are many different types of resources that can be used in the classroom, these include posters, flash cards, big books, abacus, books and so much more.

Teachers around the world come up with amazing resources all the time. However, the reality is some concepts and situations do sometimes require you to go beyond the usual tactile resource and these can be a little “tricky” to find and change to your specific needs as there are copyright laws that prevent us from distributing and/or changing other people’s work. This means that teachers or schools have to purchase these resources in order to be able to use them.

This can end up being a very expensive exercise, but it doesn’t have to be. A number of organisations have developed free open source materials (materials that anyone is allowed to use or modify without asking permission from the company that developed it), that you can use in the classroom.

𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗺𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗲𝗯𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁:
 National Education Collaboration Trust (https://nect.org.za/)
This South African based organisation has resources for both teachers and parents.
The printable recourse cover mathematics, language and science resources that
include lesson plans, big books and poster.
 Shine Literacy (http://www.shineliteracy.org.za/)
Storytime with Shine, a data-free Mobi-Site, is another exciting project to support
learning at home. The site includes “Look and Listen’ and ‘Read to Me’ tabs which
allows children to listen to or read storybooks in a choice of five languages.
 Nal’ibali (https://nalibali.org/ )
They offer print and audio-stories in all the South African languages which cater for
Foundation Phase up to Senior Phase. Some of the stories even have activity sheets and
posters that accompany them. They also offer training on how to use their resource, if you
and a few peers are interested in forming your own reading club.
 Eon Reality (https://eonreality.com/)
Eon-XR is an Augmented reality and Virtual reality app that allows you to bring
certain concepts to life. The features on this App allows for learners to see objects in
great detail and therefore understand concepts easily. The resources range from
simple concepts such as the water cycle to complex concepts such as the human
anatomy. The lessons can be downloaded to any mobile device.
Besides resources that you can use in the classroom, there are some websites that have
great resources for people who wish to broaden their knowledge or upskill themselves.
Milne Open Textbooks (https://milneopentextbooks.org/ ) for instance has free textbooks
that you can consult. Even though these resources are free, it is still important for you to
add them to your reference list whenever you make use of them.

𝗥𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲:
Msimanga, M. (2019). Managing the use of resources in multi-grade classrooms.
South African Journal of Education, 1-9.
Open University. (2022, February 20). Purpose of teaching and learning materials.
Available at:https://www.open.edu/openlearncreate/mod/page/view.php?id=168509

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