Using New Media
by Clara Chung-wai Shih and David E. Weekly
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TABLE OF CONTENTS|
1) Distribute print media electronically
2) Use CD/DVD
3) Use Internet media
4) Encourage reading on computer monitors
5) Select appropriate materials using proven methods
6) If possible, teach computer use
7) The trend is in technology's favor
About the International Academy of Education
Distribute Print Media Electronically
Agencies can employ a mix of electronic media and traditional print
media to reach as many educators, tutors, and students as possible
while minimizing cost.
Because of the high costs of shipping printed
materials, electronic distribution can offer a wide selection of
content while saving money. Education leaders can choose the most
appropriate content for their purposes and programs.
Selected materials can be electronically
distributed and then locally printed in education centers, schools,
and libraries. Traditional print distribution can be helpful in many
locations where staff lack resources, do not know how, or do not
feel comfortable accessing these materials in electronic form.
There are two levels at which materials can be
selected: centrally and locally. Central selection is more
appropriate for countries and localities that require a uniform
curriculum. Local selection is more appropriate for areas where
local leaders, educators, tutors, and students themselves can make
the choices that best fit their distinctive purposes, conditions,
There are three main areas of focus in considering electronic distribution of materials.
- Selection - picking what material to make available
We encourage a wide selection encompassing many disciplines and
teaching methods (Section 7 goes into greater detail) presented in
small, quickly downloaded, universally accessible formats such as
text (TXT) and hypertext markup language (HTML), in favor of larger
formats such as portable document format (PDF) and Microsoft
PowerPoint (PPT). Many poor communities have low-speed Internet
connections, slow computers, or both.
- Cataloging - letting users search the selected materials
There should be a quick and easy-to-use search mechanism where
those wishing to access materials can either search for specific
keywords or browse materials by category.
- Delivery - getting the selected materials to users
Providers should consider two content delivery mechanisms: CDs
(or DVDs) and the Internet. CDs have an initial cost for production
and shipping, but afford greater convenience for end-users, as many
locations have computers that can use CDs but have no Internet
access. Please see the following two sections for more information
about when to use CDs and when to use Internet-based solutions.
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