FROM APPLE comes some important thoughts that prove good multimedia projects don’t happen by accident. There are many steps along the way that help to ensure a quality presentation and an Apple document pulls ideas from Dr. Charles Friesen, Director of Instructional Technology for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has developed the Multimedia Project Development Cycle to provide insight into the interactive process students and teachers engage in while creating multimedia.
Step 1—Define the project. This initial step involves determining the boundaries of the project as well as identifying how the project relates to the overall curriculum. Students should be encouraged to select topics that are neither too broad nor too narrow in focus. It is also important that students learn to focus on the audience that will be receiving the information.
Step 2: Locate resources. In this phase, students and teachers identify traditional and unconventional sources of information about their topic. These may include resource CDs, Web sites, encyclopedias, magazines, journals, video tapes, audio tapes, and books.
Step 3: Organize resources. Once resources have been collected, students will need to spend some time selecting the notes, data, computer files, and Web links they will include in their project. It is important to guide students to select project resources based on the informational value they will add, and not simply because they are glitzy or look cool.
Step 4: Design the project. At this point, students are ready to produce a storyboard or flowchart of their project. They can create an outline, draw a diagram, or use a software program such as Inspiration to organize their ideas.
Step 5: Develop the project/ In this step, students will design their project using digital media tools such as video, sound, graphics, text, and animation.
Step 6: Present the project. This phase of the project is very important, but is often overlooked. Students take great pride in projects they create. Therefore, it is important that they be allowed to present their project to audiences such as their class, their family, or other members of the community.
Step 7: Revise the project. Based on the feedback received from instructors and peers, students will review their project and make changes to improve it. In the process, students will understand how successful they were in communicating with their audience.
Step 8: Publish the project. In this final step, students will save their work to a Web site, CD, videotape, or other resource that can be accessed by others. Building a library of multimedia projects is also very valuable to the instructor as it provides additional resources and examples for future students.