An advantage of visual learning is that recollection is easier when the learner is exposed to images in environments different from when the material was first learned. A disadvantage of visual learning is that the learner experiences difficulty when only text and speech-based tools are used for instruction. 65 percent of the human populations are visual learners. Visual learners best process and interpret information when they are exposed to images, illustrations, pictures and other visual media. They are excellent observers and memorizers and can often remember quickly where information is contained in a book or in notes. Visual learners are often said to think in pictures - as a result, many excel at reading comprehension because they can see the story or narrative occurring in their mind's eye. To develop our students learning skill Manchester school has state-of-the-art mini 3D cinema hall, with the capacity of 150 seating. The benefits of visual stimuli and interactive learning have been more than reinforced through the use of such technology at Manchester International School. The added advantage of the 3D theatre is to create and develop the academic (IGCSE, AS & A Levels & IB PYP) interest in the children by showing them subject relevant visuals.
The Benefits of Using Audio-Visual Aids in Teaching
Studies have shown that the use of audio-visual aids in the learning environment is greatly helpful for the students in developing an understanding of complex concepts. The use of these devices enables the students to grasp these concepts quickly and easily. Latest technological advancements present many options before the teachers to make their jobs easier. It is for this reason that teachers all over the world have started incorporating the use of audio-visual aids in their lesson plans.
One thing that the teachers should be careful about is that the use of audio-visual aids in the learning environment should help them achieve their curriculum objectives. Relying too much on technology, or using it in a thoughtless manner, might actually make it difficult for them to achieve their intended learning outcomes. This is because used in this manner; these devices will act as a distraction.
It might also damage the valuable relationship between the teacher and students, doing more harm than good. Teachers should understand that audio-visual tools are there to assist them, not to take their place. Let’s now discuss the role that audio-visual aids can play in the modern learning environment.
Auditory learners are the people who concentrate more on the spoken word, instead of the written word. For these students, teachers can make use of taped recordings of lectures. Instead of reading from a textbook, auditory learners can benefit greatly if they are provided with computers having speech-recognition devices. Teachers can use microphones while giving lectures for the students who have hearing disabilities.
In the past, teachers would use slide projectors in learning environments. They have now been replaced by Video presentations. But the purpose of both is the same. Students who are visual learners will gain a better understanding of various concepts when they are explained through the use of graphic portrayals – like charts, diagrams, and illustrations. Such students’ learning outcomes can be greatly augmented if teachers find visual supplements to be used during the lectures.
Incorporating movie clips
If the teachers choose to incorporate instructional videos in their lectures, it would not only facilitate the learning process but would also make it fun. Teachers can download video clips from the web and embed them in a Video presentation if the Internet facility is not available in the learning environment. Before watching the video, teachers should explain what the students should be looking for in the video. After watching it, teachers should discuss the video with the students in order to make sure that the students understood the purpose of the video.
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