What is multimedia? and why use multimedia in teaching and learning? Before we get into defining multimedia let us create a small distinction between technology and media. we need to do this now because oftentimes people use the two terms interchangeably. Technology in education are the tools used to support teaching and learning . Therefore computers software programs like learning management systems and even the internet are all technologies. A physical book that you might be reading is also technology. But technologies do not of themselves communicate or create meaning, they simply lie dormant and wait for us to do something .