Multimedia usage can help in standardisation of education across India by reducing the gap in the quality of education in English, Hindi medium schools and regional language schools
By Dr Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya, Associate Professor, Japanese Studies, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi
With the ever-increasing popularity and accessibility of the Internet, it is only natural that the educational community should want to make use of this tremendous resource. Use of ICT is leading to significant changes in educational models. Effective exploitation of these changes requires adequate attention to understanding the technology, the educational processes and issues, and student's characteristics.
One of the major uses of ICT and multimedia in education is to find innovative solutions to critical problems related to 'quality of education' and 'access to education for all' – the two major problems in the education system of India.
A fundamental difference between multimedia based and the conventional style of learning is that in the conventional style, the only tools available to a teacher are blackboard, chalk and textbooks where the contents are structured and have limited audio-visual usage. On the other hand, in case of a multimedia classroom, for instance, a science teacher can explain the replication of DNA or a geography teacher can teach about stone formation