On-Line Seminar (Summer, 1997)
This seminar is designed to provide an introduction for using laservideodisk technology in the classroom. An overview of what laservideodisks are and how they can be used in classroom applications can be downloaded at Background Information About Laservideodisk Technology.
The basic requirements for creating the ideal multimedia station can be found at Equipment Requirements and Set-up.
Accessing and displaying information found on laservideodisks can be achieved by a variety of methods. Basic functions of the remote controls and bar code readers are described at the site Operating the Laservideodisk Player.
Advanced, computer controlled functions are possible with the right software, such as Videodiscovery's MediaMax program. These programs create Hypercard commands for Macintosh computers(or Linkway for IBM) that control the operation of the computer and videodisc player. Videos, sound, graphics and text can be blended together into a multimedia lesson. An overview of the MediaMax program is found at Creating Lessons with MediaMax
Sample lessons of how you can create interactive lessons are on display at Examples of Multimedia Lessons
There are currently about a dozen laservideodisc titles available that are suitable for enhancing chemical education. Some of these are single disks focusing on a particular topic, such as organic chemistry, whereas, others are multi-disk sets designed to cover most topics found in a general chemistry course. Reviews of these laserdisc titles can be viewed at the site Laservideodisc Reviews.
A more complete manual for creating Multimedia Lessons is available by contacting the authors listed above.