We all learn differently. We act differently, we respond differently and we communicate differently. Variety is very much the spice of life. BUT- it can also cause roadblocks for the ways in which we absorb information. Some people can see something once and remember it, while others study it for days on end only to vaguely recall a small fraction of the information. While some of that is based on IQ levels, optimal memory retention is achieved by also maximizing one of three possible learning styles: Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic.
In the educational market, engaging students through all three learning styles is the key to scholastic success. As such, it’s important to integrate classroom educational tools that can maximize the benefits for each learning style, leaving no student left out.
- Visual learners tend to learn best through graphs, charts, pictures, and body language, as well as watching lectures. In order to maximize visual learning capabilities, educators must captivate using visual tools, as with Power Point presentations using freestanding or whiteboard-mounted displays. Tools like these are mutually beneficial for students and teachers, as they present students with the material in their most optimized cognitive learning style, while teachers are able to pre-arrange presentations to use for multiple classes and/or lesson plans.
- Auditory learners retain information based on verbal delivery. These are students who benefit from listening to lectures while recording them, and playing them back later as a study method. Repeating the information aloud as they learn it will also benefit these types of learners. AV equipment with recording devices can be a great learning tool, which teachers can either leave up to the students as a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), or record their lectures and make them available online. Many projector mounts, such as the UNI-EPDS-AUD, come with audio equipment to allow teachers to be heard clearly throughout large classrooms, thus allowing auditory learners to hear and record lesson plans without worrying about volume complications.
- Kinesthetic learners are the hands-on learners group. They prefer demonstrations, both from their teachers as well as self-delivered demonstrations as a means to recap a lesson. Hands-on learners, such as these, benefit from demonstrative learning with the help of interactive displays, which can be mounted to existing whiteboards with minimal effort using the FPS-300. Demonstrating material they’re working through is not only a benefit for them, but also as a means to reiterate lessons to the Visual and Auditory learners in the classroom.
As with any integration project, being aware of the goals of a classroom upgrade or design is the key to creating the best solution possible. Having high quality designs that are safe is especially important in any learning environment where students are at risk for injury due to faulty products. Check all project hardware and mounting materials for compliance with UL testing standards, which provide optimal safety assurance. It’s also important to investigate warranties and reviews to make sure that you’re getting a durable and effective product in order to avoid saving a penny today only to spend a small fortune in repairs, replacements, or even lawsuits tomorrow. Plan ahead, get the facts, and optimize your options. After all, this is the education market. Think smart.
“Three Learning Styles.” Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Website. http://blc.uc.iupui.edu/AcademicEnrichment/StudySkills/LearningStyles/3LearningStyles.aspx. 1 July, 2014.