Using Multimedia Tools in the Classroom

ID: 31543 Type: Roundtable
  1. Michelle Cheasty- Ritger, Flemington- Raritan Regional School District, United States

Tuesday, March 8 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: McGavock's B

No presider for this session.

Abstract: With the use of a document camera, projector, and computer, post classroom activities for all students to refer to. Using network folders and student logins, teachers are able to store a variety of different student work easily, and transfer the file from one grade to the next. Show students how to create a cover page with the standards and skills, and link the files they create to the cover page, allowing for quick and easy access to the assessment files. Save these portfolios to a CD or DVD, or archive them on the server for future reference. Use this portfolio to assess technology growth and proficiency at different benchmark grades, comparing one school year to the next. Reduce the amount of paper and toner a district uses printing out portfolios by using the network drives and folders for students. Use programs your school has to create digital portfolios for use with state assessments, QSAC evaluations, and other assessments of student and teacher work.


Participants will walk away with an understanding of basic multimedia tools, including document cameras, projectors, and computers. Participants will also discuss the use of local versus network folders to store digital media, including student work, teacher work, and classroom resources. Participants will be able to understand basic "pitfalls" that occur with technology, and where to turn for assistance when a tech person is not available. In addition, participants will learn about setting up student portfolios, and moving toward a paperless classroom.

Topical Outline

Basics of multimedia tools- what are multimedia tools, how do I use things like digital cameras, document cameras, and projectors in my classroom Local versus network storage- benefits of each type of storage, tech budget limitations, storage alternatives Dealing with logins, forgotten passwords, and other "pitfalls"- suggestions for ensuring that all students can log in and access work, basic troubleshooting techniques, alternatives when computers are not working Creating portfolios of student work Creating a paperless classroom Sharing


Working knowledge of computers

Experience Level



I am currently the Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Information Systems with the Flemington- Raritan Regional School District. In addition, I also teach online for ITT Tech. I have presented workshops at Techspo, the annual New Jersey Technology Exposition hosted by the NJASA, yearly since 2008. I am also presenting at FETC in January. I have presented many after school workshops for teachers, involving a variety of different software applications and integration strategies. I have also participated in a variety of videoconferencing opportunities through Rutgers University. In addition, I am working on completing my PhD in education, focusing on teacher retention, with an expected graduation date of late 2010- early 2011.


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