This study was designed to investigate the modern validity of the multimedia learning theory as it applies to a new generation and involved burgeoning technology. The original theory stated materials which presented both verbal and graphical information which present the verbal information in an auditory format. This study involved the theory in original form to form foundation as application in updated student involvement in technology, increased availability to technology, and the evolution of technological advances. Participating students either viewed text, text with animation, or interacted with hands on interactive educational technology. The learning was measured by retention, transfer, and matching tests. Using the data from these experiments, the results were statistically evaluated to determine the influence of the variables on student cognition and retention.