I recently came across a great resource for integrating multimedia technology to support social skills development. The Multimedia Instruction of Social Skills website was developed by the CITEd research center, and provides links to research, tips and strategies to use in the classroom, and a link to a variety of online resources and products.
Multimedia instruction can be used for teaching and learning activities that touch on a variety of topics. Multimedia tools can play an important part in universal design for learning (UDL) and efforts towards RTI (Response to Intervention).
Here is a list of some "quick links" from the CITEd website:
- Universal Design for Learning in a Digital Multimedia Environment
- Learning with Multimedia Agents
- Learning History with Multimedia Materials
- Learning Mathematics with Virtual Manipulatives
- Learning with Computer Games and Simulations
- Learning to Read with Multimedia Materials
- Learning a Second Language with Multimedia Materials
- Using Multimedia Tools to Help Students Learn Science
- Multimedia Instruction for Students Who Are Deaf
- Multimedia Instruction of Social Skills
- Multimedia Geography Instruction
- Multi-User Virtual Environments for Education
CITEd is the Center for Implementing Technology in Education.
"CITEd supports leadership at state and local education agencies to integrate instructional technology for all students to achieve high educational standards. CITEd provides this support through identification of best practices, innovative online technical assistance tools, professional development, and communities of practice."
"CITEd is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is a cooperative effort of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), and the Education Development Center (EDC)."