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Educational Media
This three-times a year newsletter is published by the Renton Technical College Library.  If you have any suggestions for topics, please call the library at     (425) 235-2331, or  email  Laura Staley at

The library has over 1300 videos and DVDs covering the RTC curriculum. Want to know if we have anything for your RTC program? Call us at (425) 235-2331.

The library is located at: 3000 NE Fourth St, Renton, WA 98056



Eight Reasons to Use Multimedia

in Your Classroom



“I use DVDs to give the students a rest from listening to me all day long.” This is what one teacher said when asked why she used multimedia in the classroom.  "It’s easy to tune out the teacher or your fellow students, even if you don’t mean to.  It’s harder to lose focus when you’re seeing something new.”


Variety is one benefit multimedia offers the teacher.  Here are eight more:


1. Use it to show skills, procedures or environments you can’t easily demonstrate or practice in the classroom. Or to model behavior that  may not occur on demand in the class. Workplace conflict is example of an issue you may need to discuss, but hope not witness,  in your classroom.


2. Use it to lower the anxiety students feel when then are going into an unfamiliar workplace.


3. Use it to encourage critical thinking by:


· Stopping the action and challenging your students to  predict the outcome of a sequence.


· Asking students to identify or define the professional terminology they hear.


· Asking students to summarize the most useful thing they learned.


· Debating what else might have been done in that situation.


4.  Use it to teach special safety rules or procedures.  Use a commercial video, or make your own.  (Need a camera?  The Information Systems department can check one out to you. Or your own department may have one.)


5.  Use it to entertain! Amusing and informative titles include “The Invisible Man Meets the Mummy”, a customer service video by CRM, or the many basic skills tapes by the Standard Deviants, or the No-Brainers tapes on writing resumes.


6.  Make your own video to provide feedback to your students.


7.  Use it to help  your ESL students learn the vocabulary of their trade, to help with pronunciation and accents, and to test learning comprehension.  And if it’s a library video, they can check it out to review the lesson at home.


Rules-of-thumb.  If you follow these, you and your students  get the most out of the experience.


1. Stay in the room. It’s tempting to  run that errand to the Print Shop or the Dean’s office, but don’t do it.  Students take their cue from the instructor about the importance of the material.


2. Leave some of the lights on so that students can take notes.


3. Rewind and replay complicated parts to reinforce the information.


4. If the material is quite complex, consider putting the video on hold at RTC  Library, to give your students a chance to watch it additional times. This may be especially useful for your ESL students.


5. Don’t schedule your viewing for right after lunch.  Lunch + darkness = sleep.


(Parts of this originally printed in Educational Media, October, 2004


       Dealing with Stress


Every workplace generates some stress.  These videos offer ways to identify the causes of your stress and come up with a solution.


Arrest that Stress: How to Depressurize Your Work Life.  Call number: 158.72 ARREST 2003t. How to deal with The Time Bandit, the Passive Aggressive, the Complainer, or the Unreasonable Customer—and how to change the things you do to cause yourself stress.   21 minutes.


Stress Management. Call number: 158.72 MANAGIN  2000s. Real workers—including builders and catering managers—discuss what causes them stress, the physical effects of stress (positive and negative) and techniques for reducing or managing it.  20 minutes.





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