Using Media to Enhance Learning

Using Media to Enhance Learning
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  • 0:41 Print Media
  • 1:38 Audio Media
  • 2:13 Visual Media
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Instructor: Maggie Rouman

Maggie currently teaches post-secondary e-learning and assessment courses and has a bachelor's degree in special education and a master's degree in educational neuroscience.

There are a variety of ways to facilitate student learning beyond the traditional lecture. Learn how you can use various forms of media to enhance learning in your classroom.

Learning Through Media

Have you ever used media in your lessons to make learning activities more enjoyable? Media can be an effective pathway for communication. Continuously relying on lectures to get your message across can get stale. Why not use media such as videos, audio, animations, songs, or short films to hold your students' attention and make challenging subjects more understandable? Media can be used in every subject area to demonstrate concepts, show people having real-life experiences, and connect your students to faraway places. Let's get into the types of print, audio, and visual media.

Print Media

Print media includes books, newspapers, and magazines. For many years, teachers have used textbooks to explain concepts, and novels to introduce fiction and non-fiction stories. Comic books or graphic novels bring a text to life through pictures and visuals. These days most of our print media can be found online as well. Online apps and tools such as Kindle make it possible to store and read a novel online.

Most major newspapers and magazines have online versions. Print media such as newspapers and magazines are like living text. They can enhance lessons in all subject areas. For example, use the sports section of a newspaper for a math lesson. Students can look at the statistics and figure out baseball batting averages. Use the headlines and current events to have students practice how to find the main idea or write a great summary. They will begin to use critical thinking skills as they interact with real-life stories and events.

Audio Media

Audio media give students the opportunity to practice listening skills. Audio tapes or books on tape can bring books to life during storytelling time. Students can listen to podcasts or internet broadcasts as well. Students can create their own podcasts to tell stories or set up newscasts or radio shows. You can use MP3 players to play music so students can learn new songs for music class, or to introduce a new language and practice foreign language skills. Students can also listen to music from different cultures when learning about the various countries and their customs and traditions.

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