Choosing the best product

Panamalai R Guruprasad

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Once upon a time, knowledge was transferred from one generation to another by word of mouth. Then came palm leaves, sand trays and the chalkboard. In the last century, our classrooms witnessed the introduction of electric and electronic gadgetry including the PC. The change continues to this day, in both the media and the modes of delivery of knowledge. Today, in the information age, the most important catalyst of change seems to be the Internet and computer assisted technologies!

Currently, an increasing number of urban schools in the developing world are using audio-visual multimedia material published by traditional textbook publishers as their effective curriculum. With a growing number of K-12 multimedia manufacturers in the market, the selection of multimedia products has become more difficult than it used to be a decade ago. However, my colleagues were able to select material using the format (with a 0 to 4 rating) I developed a few years back, when faced with the problem for the first time:

Panamalai R Guruprasad is a Chennai-based education consultant involved in curriculum and teacher-develop-ment. He can be reached at p_r_guruprasad@vsnl.net

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