University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Present time is significantly influenced by the development of information and communication technology, that allow us to access huge amount of information and widen our possibilities. Using advanced digital technology has become an essential tool of advancement in every branch.
Today we already can not imagine life without media, Internet and especially mobile phones and applications. All these technologies bring us a brief information overview, facilitated data processing and last but not least fun. Multimedia technologies have become an integral part of present time and through their properties have begun to influence and change the whole society. Information technology and Internet management allow us to overcome distances in communication, transfer and share information incredibly fast, faster than any other available technology. They give us new opportunities and their rapid development opens up new ways constantly.
In our lessons we use multimedia and multimedia features quite commonly. Multimedia on-line courses we create ourselves form a part of a German language teaching already many years. These courses usually serve as a supplement to the face-to-face teaching and is therefore a blended learning. In our courses we use already prepared multimedia materials we draw from original German-language sources - eg. Deutsche Welle. The most proving show the audio texts, which offer besides audio texts also text files and listening exercises. Very suitable are also video files, which are supplemented by texts and exercises created by us. To the courses we include also many of the students PPT presentations.
We tried to explore current state of use of multimedia in teaching and learning with a research. We focused primarily on what devices students use most frequently. It turned out, that while on secondary schools tablets are the most used, at university students use laptops in combination with mobile phones. This can be probably explained by the intensity of study, when tablets are no longer sufficient and simultaneously the availability and constant presence of mobile phones is well usable.