ICT- Topic 15 Multi-media

Topic 15- Multi-media

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Topic 15- Multi-media

What is Multi-media?

  • Multimedia means the use of many different types of media such as text, audio, still images, animation, video and different types of interactivity

Multimedia can be used in:

  • Education 
  • Entertainment
  • Business
  • Society

Multimedia in Education:

  • Used to help students who learn in different ways
  • Uses different media to get the message across
  • Brings subjects alive for students
  • Tutorial packages using sound, video and animation
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Multimedia in entertainment:

  • Many people now spemd more time on their computers than they do watching TV
  • Use social networking sites, chat rooms, online auctions
  • There has been a huge change in the way people listen and access music and films

Multimedia in business:

  • Most business use multimedia in their websites to promote their business
  • Use a full range of multimedia features such as video, animation to advertise their goods or services
  • Use multimedia in presentation given to customers

Multimedia in society:

  • Multimedia technology have many benefits for society, these include:
  • Flesibility to access information in many different forms
  • Interactivity whilst using the material
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Multimedia in the future:

  • The use of miltimedia is set to increase in the future with the development of technology including:
  • Ebook reader
  • Live streaming
  • Complete interent access anywhere anytime
  • Glasses 
  • Watches

Memory, Storage and Hardware for Multimedia:

  • Memory- very important when dealing with multimedia technology. Have more memory will mean:
  • Applications run faster
  • More apps are able to run at the same time
  • You are able to move quickly between apps

File sizes:

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  • Smallest to largest:
  • Bit (0 or 1) the smallest unit of measurement
  • Byte 8 bits
  • Kilobyte (KB) 1000 bytes
  • Megabyte (MB) 1000 kilobytes (KB)
  • Gigabyte (GB) 1000 megabytes (MB)
  • Terabyte (TB) 1000 gigabytes (GB)

Multimedia hardware:

Devices include:

  • LCD/ plasma screen
  • Mouse
  • Graphics tablet
  • Touch-sensitice input devices
  • Microphone
  • Digital camera
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Backing storage for multimedia:


  • Magnetic hard drvies (fixed or portable)
  • Optical disks (e.g. CD-ROM, DVD)
  • Flash drives (pen drives, memory sticks etc.)
  • Memory cards

Interactive components:

  • Keyword
  • Quizzes
  • Questionnaires
  • Games 
  • Links

Advantages in using multimedia software:

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  • Offers interaction with the user- they can decide what they want to do and in which order
  • Offers different ways of presenting information other than just reading text and loooking as still images
  • Can suit different learning styles. For example, people who do not like reading can use animation or listen to audio
  • It enables learning through exploration, discovery and experience

Disadvantages in using miltimedia software:

  • It is very time consuming to produce a good piece of multimedia software and this can make some software expensive
  • It places high demand on the hardware- so you often need to upgrade or buy new computers
  • Sometimes when you prnt a webpage the text is not formatted properly
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