Using Multimedia to Support Readers in a 21st Century Classroom with Rachael Parlett


Listen to the full episode to hear how you can use multimedia to support readers in a 21st century classroom:

I’m so excited about today’s episode because it’s a topic that I haven’t discussed in almost 100 episodes, but is so important and relevant in our world today. That topic is multimedia in a 21st century classroom. Now, you might think you know what all of this entails, but some concepts discussed might surprise you. To help me dive in, I have guest Rachael Parlett and we’re discussing using multimedia to support readers in a 21st century classroom.

Rachael Parlett has been an educator for 16+ years, having spent most of her time teaching 4th grade.  Currently, she is the founder and creator of The Classroom Nook, an educational company that supports upper elementary teachers with resources that make learning interactive, engaging, and fun for both teachers and students.  She is also the host of the podcast The Classroom Commute where she shares tips, strategies, and best teaching practices for a 21st century classroom.  

Most recently, Rachael, along with her husband, Jacob, have founded a second educational company called LINKtivity Learning – a membership that provides teachers with a growing library of interactive digital resources known as LINKtivities.  LINKtivities have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms around the world and provide students with a multimedia learning experience that truly ignites the love of learning and is powerful enough to meet the demands of a 21st century classroom.  

At the heart of everything, Rachael believes that classrooms should be student-centered, hands-on, and collaborative.  She loves sharing this passion with educators around the world.

You’ve probably heard of multimedia and a 21st century classroom as buzzwords circulating through the educational world, but what do they actually mean? Rachael helps break down each of these terms, but explains that there are 5 components that make up a 21st century classroom. Those components are:

  1. The use of collaboration
  2. Emphasis on hands-on learning
  3. Transparent assessments
  4. Reflection
  5. The use of multimedia and technology 

One of the great things about a 21st century classroom, is that you’re probably already incorporating most of the components without even knowing it! While most might assume the use of technology is the most important one, Rachael explains that while it plays a huge role, it needs to be supported by the other components as well. 

Since multimedia does play an important role, Rachael thoroughly breaks down the science behind the process, its use, and how the brain processes the different mediums when it comes to learning information. Along with knowing how multimedia works, Rachael explains how to effectively use multimedia in your classroom, which works for all subject areas. 

Throughout my conversation with Rachael, I was so impressed by her knowledge and passion that I know she will inspire you to be more intentional about using multimedia in your classroom this school year!

In this episode on ideas for a 21st century classroom, we discuss:
  • The 5 main components that make up a 21st century classroom
  • Rachael shares examples of how to easily incorporate the five components of a 21st century classroom
  • How to use your students as digital natives to your advantage in your classroom
  • Rachael breaks down the research behind the process behind using multimedia and the student brain
  • An explanation on how to implement multimedia in simple and gradual steps
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I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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