Reinforcing learning with whiteboards and visuals
In classroom teaching, the use of language by the educator is insufficient for children, especially the youngest ones, to assimilate the lessons taught. To make teaching take root, classes can be reinforced with visual and intuitive resources, such as the school material provided by Akros in the form of panels, plannigs, displays and highly configurable magnetic or canvas boards. These media, equipped with pieces and cards with an attractive presentation, make it possible to explain concepts (such as time management, or the seasons of the year) that could be less accessible to children through other channels.
The whiteboard is the instrument through which the teacher can specify data, undo ambiguities, or outline complex concepts, among other possibilities. Technological modernizations and different changes in educational paradigms have never diminished the importance of resources such as blackboards in the classroom. Regardless of the material, from the classic waxboard to a modern electronic blackboard and even a blackboard in a developing country, slate has for centuries proved to be an irreplaceable resource for reinforcing and transmitting education.
Importance of the visual channel in learning
In recent years, in pedagogy, emphasis has been placed on the need to stimulate as many sensory channels as possible in education. Sight is one of the main channels through which we can learn and, in some ways, visual learning leaves its mark on the older child than that which makes use of other channels. The use of visual material favours learning by facilitating cognitive processes, since image memory is much more persistent than acoustic stimuli. It should also be emphasized that for certain children, such as deaf, dyslexic, or children with ASD, visual learning is more accessible.
The importance of visual learning is a particularly debated topic not only in the field of pedagogy, but also in the area of cognitive psychology. The sense of sight is our main source of information about the surrounding world. Much of the cerebral cortex is involved in the vision of objects (shape, color) and visual control of movement. Vision is a fundamental aspect in both the biological and socio-cultural context.
In recent years, theories of intelligence have been put into practice that have put the pre-eminence of verbal and linguistic intelligence into crisis. Howard Gardner, for example, in his theory of Multiple Intelligences, underlines the fundamental role of what he calls spatial-looking intelligence.