learning to "blum"

A blog about my time in the education department at Luther College.

Visual Learning in Today’s Classroom vs. 10 Years Ago

on September 9, 2013

Each individual has their own preferred way of learning. What comes to my mind when thinking about learning types is Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. These include: visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical-rhythmic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, naturalistic, and existential. When I think about what type of learner I am, I often see myself as being a visual learner. I think this is a prominent type of learning in today’s society because of various reasons such as technology, diversity, and more focus on the student. It is because of these reasons that I believe it is important for students to work toward becoming visual learners. Thus, I believe visual language is more important than it was 10 years ago.

Technology is becoming more and more advanced, and is one reason for visual language being more important than it was 10 years ago. Students are being asked to work with SMARTboards, iPads, computers and laptops, and many other forms of technology. The aspects of technology are quite visual and students will need to understand the visual language necessary to use these items to their full potential.

Higher diversity within schools is also a reason that visual language is more important today than 10 years ago. There are many English Language Learners in schools today who benefit from the use of visual language. Visual language is also extremely helpful for students with disabilities. Visual language is a way for students to communicate with each other in new ways. This is especially important for students who can’t always communicate in the “traditional” way. Along with this, these students can truly benefit from visual language within the technological realm.

Finally, I also believe visual language is important for the bigger emphasis on student-directed learning that is found in today’s educational society. Students who are in pre-school and kindergarten don’t always know how to read and write yet, but with visual language they are able to communicate through reading and writing and be much more independent. This is also helpful to students, as it gives them confidence with regard to their language arts skills. As mentioned before this is also connected to diversity as it allows for grouping options that mixes abilities, so that students can learn from each other.

Overall, these are three main reasons that I think visual language is more important today than it was 10 years ago. Though it is not necessarily more important than other types of language, the different ways in which it can be used today truly can make a difference in students’ lives.


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