Free Guide Explains Use of Videodiscs

A free guide from Pioneer, "Making Sense of Multimedia" explains how schools can effectively utilize both videodisc and CD-ROM technology for instruction, staff development and more. Its objective is to outline the relative strengths of these two formats. For example, the brochure notes that a CD-ROM's single computer configuration and interactive capabilities work well for self-paced learning and drill & practice exercises. When presenting scientific or art lessons, however, videodiscs deliver sharper images and full-motion video and better suit group learning. When it comes to social studies and geography both formats earn equal ratings, with videodiscs better suited for depicting different regions and cultures through video, and CD-ROMs preferred for database, atlas and other reference applications. Finally, the brochure points out that, even though most people think of videodiscs as video devices and CD-ROMs as computer devices, many videodisc players can be connected to computers to run courseware and CD-ROMs can be projected via an LCD panel onto a large screen. Pioneer NewMedia Technologies, Long Beach, CA, (800) LASER-ON.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/1996 issue of THE Journal.