Today’s generation is truly a media generation, devoting more than a quarter of each day to media. As media devices becoming increasingly portable, and as they spread even further through our life right from the schools to the cars, media message is becoming even more ubiquitous presence in today’s media saturated world. In this context, using audio-visual materials in the classrooms in something unique.
Textbooks are formal teaching methodTeachers are struggling to become creative and flexible when it comes to imparting education in the classroom. They want to keep things open-ended without doing disservice to students. So how do they encourage students to remain invested in learning in an interesting way? The purpose of education is to teach critical thinking skills, to develop analytical perspectives about the world and to teach people that problems can be solved with logical thinking and reasoning.
The rise of visual learning in the classroom
Why visual learning?
The visual learning technology is widely used and is highly valued as a means of teaching more effectively and creatively. Survey found that this multimedia tool offers direct relationship between perceived student achievement and motivation and the frequency of use. Teachers found that students learn more when videos and TV is used in the classroom, and close to 70 percent student’s motivation increases. Also more than half of the students use new vocabulary as a result of video usage in the classroom.
Video and flexibility
Video is an interactive mode of instruction and is flexible. The ability to start, stop and rewind is invaluable. This helps in complete understanding of a key concept. It also ensure further interactivity by conducting discussions and repeating demonstration and experiments in the classroom.
Video and live experiences
Imagine the classroom seeing and hearing the cry of a nearly extinct species, sounds of animals in the remote wilderness around the world. And there is no comparison of investigating the law of motion, energy and sound transferred by watching the launch of the space shuttle into the space sitting in the classroom. Visual learning makes it easier to understand the diverse cultures of people across the entire world.
Video learning benefits auditory learners
Video with its inclusion of sound and speech, provide demonstration which is otherwise not possible in classroom for tactile learners. This multimedia form of education conveys information through sensory channels – aural and visual.
What is the purpose of visual learning?
Recent studies support video viewing as an active process, which can be an ongoing method of monitoring and comprehending a complex, cognitive activity that develops along with the child’s development to promote learning. Several analysts claimed that viewing can involve high cognitive activity necessary for active learning. Multimedia instructional messages can promote active cognitive processing in students. However, the content and the context of viewing are crucial elements for engaging students actively. The content should be age and skill appropriate and highly relevant to the subjects they’re learning. Textbooks take linguistic approach to learning and often address the needs of a broader range of learners.
The manner in which subject matter is conveyed will highly influence one’s ability to learn. And the teachers need to take all of these intelligences into account when planning for instruction. Nowadays, teachers are leveraging video games to engage students and provoke conversation. The video games are intentionally designed to provoke thoughts. The games represent the modern examples of storytelling that eventually become the classics of literature. The videos are shaping the conscious attitudes of the entire generation, and teaching students as how to think about the world.
One of the greatest strengths of visual learning is the ability to communicate with viewers on emotional and cognitive level. The visual messages of multimedia are processed in different parts of the brain, which processes textual and linguistic learning. Memory is strongly influenced by emotion and educational video has a powerful ability to relay experience and influence cognitive learning.
What are the different modalities of visual learning?
People primarily take in information through three modes –
Visual-spatial learners take in information through visualization including three-dimensional images of the whole concept of the subject and think in holistic. Auditory-sequential learners think in words, process auditorally and learn through step-by-step process. Finally, tactile kinesthetic learners learn through physical touch and sensation and benefit from demonstration and applications than from verbal explanations.
Both teachers, parents and private tutors have to use the right educational videos to minimize lesson preparation time and draw upon other resources to enhance learning outcomes.
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