"I'm a big proponent of a new kind of grammar that goes beyond words." This intriguing thought comes from film director George Lucas, much admired by moviegoers around the world for his series of "Star Wars" movies, among many other equally impressive films.
Indeed, Lucas and others who embrace the technologies now available as computers and their related components feel that limiting education in communications to just reading and writing is becoming outdated.
In keeping with today's technological advances, many educational facilities now consider themselves to be multimedia school facilities. As such, they embrace ICT (information and communication technology) as a very real part of society today and strive to keep their curricula current.
Surely, knowing how to read and write will never become outdated but there are many other forms of communication to learn in a multimedia school as well. Today's student now learns how to blend traditional text with sound and graphics to expand the level of communication not available before the advent of the personal computer.
In multimedia school, students learn how to take the message to a different level of communications by integrating words with sound and music, some of which they may have created themselves.
The rich use of graphics is important in multimedia school, too. Diagrams, charts, and photography have long been integrated within a textbook to convey a lesson or message but today's technology takes graphics much farther.
The multimedia school student will learn how to enhance a message, with or without the inclusion of actual text, by the use of the traditional graphic arts but there are more options to incorporate, too. With today's computerized technologies, the student now has animation and video options, all at his or her fingertips.
And, while it's quite obvious the movie industry itself has been revolutionized as a result of modern technologies, the multimedia school student will learn how to adapt those same technologies to convey all sorts of messages for many, many purposes.
In multimedia school, professional use of the technologies is an understandable outcome but there are many other reasons for enhanced communications that will be explored, too.