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Multimedia Project Design and Development (K-12)

Do you want to learn how to create basic multimedia presentations to use in your classroom? In this course, teachers will learn how to take the proper steps toward designing an effective plan for assigning multimedia projects in the classroom through all phases including Determine, Design, and Development. Teachers are taught how to properly plan for the multimedia project by determining standards and setting objectives within the context of teaching students critical information literacy skills. Strategies for organizing the project, creating cooperative groups, and effectively assessing student projects are discussed. Detailed instructions for creating multimedia projects using Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi, and VoiceThread are provided that can be used by both teachers and students. Techniques for integrating graphics, animation, audio, and video into a multimedia presentation are shared. Multimedia project ideas for all grade levels and all content areas are also presented. Finally, teachers will gain management tips for implementing multimedia projects and activities into their classrooms. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The resources and content were very valuable and something that I will definitely use in my class, both with the students, with other colleagues, and parents for presentations." - Joanne Riggio


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount**

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304**


This course applies toward the Educational Technology Award of Completion

**If you are using this course for the Educational Technology Award of Completion program, you MUST register for the course plus credit.


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

The Digital Writing Workshop” by Troy Hicks

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 79T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41345

Unit One

  • Understanding Multimedia
  • Information Literacy
  • Multimedia's Connection to the CCSS
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Introduction to Multimedia Projects
  • The Determine Phase
  • The Design Phase
  • Text, Color, and Other Design Guidelines
  • Assignment #2: Article/Video reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • The Development Phase
  • Integrating Graphics
  • Aiming at Animation
  • The Power of Audio
  • Using Digital Video
  • Assignment #3: Share Your Expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Integrating Interactive Components
  • Development: Tools of the Trade
  • Assessing Multimedia Projects
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Managing the Multimedia Classroom
  • Multimedia and Digital Storytelling
  • Multimedia and the iPad
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Multimedia Project Ideas
  • Web-Based Services and Resources
  • Assignment #4: Create a multimedia project according to the specifications in the course
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)