In order to make visual learning more stimulating for students with different needs, educators need to use tools that will help them relay instructions and lessons clearly and effectively. The challenge of effective teaching comes with creativity. In order to encourage learning, teachers need to practice learning by playing. Play is significant in helping enhance learning among students with special needs. But how can a plain and boring whiteboard aid teachers in doing so? Discover some of the ways in which whiteboards can stimulate learning.
To make learning more dynamic, a traditional whiteboard can be a good space for various educational contents – pictures, drawings, creative texts, scribbles, etc. Many argue that interactive whiteboards will be the perfect tool to do the trick, but good old traditional whiteboards may still come in handy. For instance, the teacher can simply post samples of colorful drawings that the students are tasked to emulate. This will encourage them to think creatively.
Whiteboards can help demonstrate visual content and illustrations. Students with special needs respond to materials that are colorful and visually appealing, enabling them to retain information more effectively. The teacher’s creativity will be challenged using a traditional whiteboard but that is where a teacher’s passion and dedication can be gauged.
Whiteboards are incredibly functional. Effectively utilizing the functionality of a whiteboard is the key to gaining more attentiveness from students. When they see colorful illustrations during discussions, they will likely listen and pay attention. As mentioned earlier, students engage in learning better through play and interaction. The whiteboard can be a tool for writing down answers to questions related to the topic being discussed. Using various colors of markers will also encourage participation.
Educational institutions are now investing in innovative interactive whiteboards, but traditional whiteboards can still be used as a spare in case some technical errors are experienced with the “techy” teaching tools. In addition, traditional whiteboards are a cheaper yet very functional alternative to more advanced technological tools for learning enhancement (e.g. interactive whiteboard) which cannot be afforded by all educational institutions.
So there you have it. Traditional whiteboards can still be trendy in the classroom setting. Tools like this will certainly help enhance student learning, especially those with special needs.