ABOUT HEIMHENGE ENTERPRISES
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The field of educational multimedia encompasses hardware, software, and methods of use. It’s a dynamic and challenging field where, as the technology evolves, so must the teacher. Not that long ago our tools of the trade included: mimeograph machines, reel-to-reel tape recorders, typewriters, and projectors for filmstrips / overhead transparencies / 35 mm slides / 16 mm movies — all now obsolete. The need for educational multimedia hasn’t changed, but twenty years ago it was limited by the technology. Today, if you can imagine it, you can do it.
Classrooms in the 21st century are increasingly reliant on the use of multimedia. Students are more adept at visual learning. They seek, expect, and react positively to instruction that goes beyond a traditional lecture approach. Schools are responding, as budgets permit, with increasing outlays for classroom technology. Alas, this transition has its downside — evidence the number of underutilized and misapplied multimedia systems already installed. Techniques for effective use of multimedia are rarely packaged with the product. Documentation is often sparse or confusing. Many educators must seek help in online forums.
There is a content problem as well. Much of what is passed off as educational multimedia these days is pedagogically ineffective. Brilliant ideas are poorly executed. Easy concepts are presented with “bells and whistles” that add little substance and often distract or mislead. Not surprisingly, some of it is just plain wrong.
Heimhenge Enterprises can provide solutions to these problems. Our products include engaging and effective educational multimedia and publications for science and mathematics. All include teachers notes with guides to effective use in the classroom.
We also do freelance 2D and 3D animations, as well as technical writing and proofreading. And if you need a consultant for any projects related to multimedia you’ve come to the right place.
I founded Heimhenge Enterprises in 1998. My degrees are in Physics and Ecology, awarded at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay in 1975, with secondary education certificates in Physics, General Science, and Mathematics. I’ve taught these subjects for 30+ years, with successful tenures at public, private, denominational, and charter schools. My multimedia skills are derived largely from personal experience. I’ve been working with computers and audio-visual systems since the mid-1970’s.
Though I’ve retired from formal teaching, my commitment to quality education remains. I aspire now to teach the teachers by enabling and guiding their effective use of multimedia technology in the classroom.
Heimhenge Enterprises has been operating and registered in the state of Arizona since 1998 as a sole proprietorship. See our current license here. Vitae available on request.