Turn your sound off while sifting through the animation web sites or watch a video clip in the same situation, you will only get half the point if any at all.
Using music with basically anything adds stimulation, in teaching, music can add stimulation towards a task or environment. Incorporated with other teaching skills or presentations (e.g slide share, video, web pages or even, cooking), music can set a mood, create motivation, but above all, it can create interest. Music off the web may be subject to copyright laws and infringements, these laws and regulation are put in place to protect the rights of artists and their written material.
Years ago i jumped out of a perfectly good plane for a birthday, being recorded the whole time. Music was added to the footage and the finished product today still sends shivers down my spine, but, if i watch it without the sound on, it seems to be less exhilarating. We naturally associate music with feelings, today's learners walk around with earphones hanging out of their shirts, music is part of their everyday story board. Art Costa (2001) explains through the habit of mind, Gathering data through all senses, that, learners whose sensory pathways are open, alert, and acute absorb more information from the environment then those whose pathways are immune and oblivious to sensory stimuli.
Music could be used to stimulate and engage learning in vision impaired students, practical classes, through stimulus and response. By repeatedly pairing certain music (e.g classical) with a certain learning environment, students associate the music with the class's learning and behavioral expectation's (Mclnerney, Mclnerney, 2006).
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Costa, L.,Kallick, B.(2001), Describing 16 Habits Of Mind, Retrieved, 10th August, 2009, From, http://www.habits-of-mind.net/whatare.htm
Mclnerney, D. M, & Mclnerney, V. (2006). Educational psychology constructing learning. Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia: Pearsons Education Australia