“Ditch PowerPoint – the viewer rules now”
Have you ever sat down and totaled up the number of hours you spend creating PowerPoints and spreadsheets, formatting fonts, frames, and color schemes to make sure they’re “right”? No?
Well i have. And it is not pretty.
Not only does this create an unhealthy workload, but our students’ working memories are overloaded with too much information when we place a series of flashy slides in front of them on the board, expecting them to listen to us. speak at the same time. .
The theory of cognitive load, studied by Sweller in the late 1980s, suggests that this alien cognitive load is detrimental to students’ ability to learn. His research is clear: the more we overload our students’ working memory in the way we present material to them, the less likely they are to retain and store information in their long-term memory.
The solution? Visualizers, of course. If you haven’t already discovered them (Where have you been?), These wonderful teaching aids are the answer to teachers’ prayers. By simultaneously reducing the need for over-planning using the outdated PowerPoint and ensuring that students’ cognitive load is optimal for deep learning, these fabulous kits are transforming classrooms across the world.
But it seems that some teachers, departments, and even entire schools are still unaware of the benefits of visualizers, or how they might best be used in their environment. And oddly, in my experience, university teacher training courses still don’t seem to encourage these direct teaching methods, instead stagnantly promoting the same approaches they have encouraged over the past decade.
Back to the roots
They don’t know that, armed with just a pen and a piece of paper, teachers can take back control of how they convey subject matter to students.
Perhaps the most important aspect of these great devices is that teachers are able to demonstrate the learning processes very clearly and model the expected results in the same way they expect their students. By breaking down the learning sequence under a visualizer (I often write in a student notebook to demonstrate my expectations of their own work), teachers can highlight the complex thought processes required to learn something effectively. .
In fact, visualizers give teachers the opportunity to demonstrate their own vulnerabilities to students in real time – emphasizing the importance of each individual step in the learning process, as well as drawing attention to common misconceptions that exist. may arise and how to manage them effectively. Vitally, while they are doing this, the alien cognitive load is greatly reduced as the students focus entirely on the pen, paper, and the teacher’s voice.
Ultimately, there is a plethora of opportunities you should not miss when using a viewer. From this step-by-step instruction and live modeling to the opportunities to present high-quality student responses, the viewer is the must-have piece of equipment in every classroom. Subject teachers can share their knowledge and expertise with students in a simple, precise and efficient way.