Multimedia quizzes can test so much more than a text-based quiz. The user can be asked to view pictures and videos and to listen to sound.
Modern museums have ‘hands on’ exhibits. These vary from interactive quizzes using touch-screen displays to complete simulations that surround you in a ‘virtual reality’ experience.
Museums often have websites with lots of extra information. The websites help you plan your day before you visit, or feature interactive activities that help you learn more about the things you have seen. A good example is the award-winning Conservation Central from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
Multimedia activity produced by the Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Interactive display at The Deep submarium in Hull
Investigating multimedia products
Multimedia is used to simulate how things happen, to allow people to practise new techniques and to see how something might look.
In medicine, multimedia simulations can show how the body works in ways that would not be possible in a book. Other multimedia products allow doctors and medical students to practise procedures without endangering real patients and at a relatively low cost.
This multimedia resource explains heart problems
TALKING POINT 1.4
Multimedia simulations are sometimes used to train people to do things where there is an element of risk if things go wrong, or that would need lots of expensive equipment. Try to think of some examples.
Estate agents use multimedia to provide virtual reality tours of houses. These let you ‘walk through’ all the rooms interactively and view the interiors from different angles.
Investigate other uses for virtual tours. Start by looking at hotels and theme parks.