Thursday, August 25, 2011

Relevance of Teaching Aids

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By Jennie Kakkad As the methodology of teaching is shifting from passive information flow to interactive learning, the importance of teaching aids are increasing steadily. These are tools that are used by instructors or teachers to facilitate learning. Blackboard and instructional material (books, notes) are the simplest forms of such aids. Some of the other examples are flashcards, newspaper cuttings, CDs, television, etc. In other words, any object or material that can be used to explain a concept effectively to students can become a teaching aid. That is why, there is no clear-cut list of items that are included or excluded from the category of teaching aids.

Teaching aids helps in integrating classroom teaching with real-life situations and experiences. Students are able to find the relevance of their academic learning in their daily lives. For example, showing emoticons of different expressions like anger, happy, and sad are ideal teaching aids while explaining the concept of adjectives to students.

These aids are great attention-getters. An effective aid brings a distracted class back into the focus thereby helping the teacher gain control over her students. Moreover, learning is fun with aids. Using a globe to explain the route that Vasco Da Gama took to reach India is more enjoyable and simple than merely reading the route from the textbook. They can also be used to reinforce whatever students have already learnt. Worksheets are generally the best example.

The effectiveness of these aids depends upon the manner in which they are used. Using a way with no learning objective in mind is useless as it does not assist the learning process. For instance, showing a picture of a tree to explain a topic on 'Road Safety' is futile as well as hilarious. However, in the same picture, showing a car smashed into the tree makes it a relevant aid aimed at sensitizing the children to 'Road accidents due to rash driving.'

There is no grade level as well as any branch of study where teaching aids can't be used, be it marketing, economics, or general science. It merely depends upon the intelligence of the teacher to find the right aid for the teaching concept.

Audio-visual aids are widely adopted in all educational institutes, which normally have a separate audio-visual room. It makes the learning process exciting for students because the very fact that they are moved from their respective classes to the audio-visual room is enough to generate an open mind for learning.

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