While many teachers may prefer to keep it old school, students don’t. We live in an increasingly audio-visual, technologically advanced world, and students must be able to keep up with the workforce that they’re poised to join. Plus, adequately using AV in the education sector creates an interactive and engaging educational experience necessary to hold students’ attention.
How AV Changes Education
In the classroom, learning is the top priority, and students must be given every tool possible to succeed. As technology alters how students communicate with their peers and complete everyday tasks, it is only natural that technology also impacts students’ learning. Audio-visual technology has been proven to positively change a student’s learning experience and increase the quality of the educator’s performance. Advanced audio-visual technology has been proven to increase concentration, participation, and improve behavior in the classroom. For educators, technology can decrease teacher absenteeism and vocal fatigue.
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The Importance of Interactive Learning
Interactive learning has been established as a highly effective technique for educators to use. With audio-visual technology, educators can employ these new interactive techniques for the better. Interactive learning is defined as a type of learning that increases the student’s ability to absorb information through technology. When students are physically engaged in the classroom, their ability to recall information increases. The most common interactive learning techniques currently being used are tools like built-in activities and gamified lesson content.
A student’s ability to remain engaged throughout the lesson is significantly increased through interactive learning. Student engagement is more critical than ever before, as the average student’s attention span has decreased 25% in just the past few years. Educators simply will not be able to hold their students’ attention through lecturing alone. Interactive learning that uses a combination of audio-visual technology, hands-on lessons, and collaboration between students has been proven to increase student engagement by 60%.
Not only does using AV in the education sector promote interactive learning and improve students’ ability to succeed in the classroom, but it also prepares students for life as a working adult. The ability to learn in a hands-on manner improves students’ critical thinking skills, and students will develop social skills and learn to work as a team with others.
The Importance of Audio in Education
When people think of audio in learning, the first thing that comes to mind is synchronous audio communication or, audio in real-time. Synchronous audio communication means using advanced audio-visual technology to make sure the instructor’s voice is audible to everyone in the classroom or even a live Q&A. Asynchronous audio communication is essentially audio that is pre-recorded. These recordings can come in the form of an audio-recorded lecture so that students may go at their own pace. Asynchronous audio could also come in the form of emailing a student a voice message to hear aloud how a particular word or phrase sounds. This is incredibly useful when teaching English as a second language or teaching foreign languages.
It is vital that educators can appeal to every different learning style that their students might have and for some students, they learn much better through audio learning than they would through visuals. In addition, a student’s ability to hear a lesson is becoming more critical as time goes on. The general population is reading less often than ever before, and that number is only rising. Young people are constantly consuming digital media, which is almost entirely audio and video.
Furthermore, audio-visual technology can vastly improve the quality of students’ remote learning experience. With asynchronous audio, students who cannot partake in a physical classroom environment can hear recorded lectures and transfer interactive voice messages with students and teachers, almost as if they were in the classroom.
The Importance of Visuals in the Classroom
About 65% of learners are visual. Since so many students value visual aids, teachers need to incorporate more video and other visual examples into their lessons. It has been proven that the use of video has dramatically improved students’ learning experiences, especially since this method of learning is what they have grown accustomed to through constant social media usage. Visual learning helps students remember information better. It assists them in understanding and filtering ideas through their mind. Through visuals, new topics are easier to understand because they can be connected to a previous subject.
In addition, 89% of teachers agree that video is a prime method of keeping students engaged with their content. A video is compelling because visual aids make it easier for teachers to break down complex concepts to be understood easier. Many students have a short attention span and visuals make learning fun and increase the students’ ability to remember information long term.
The Future of Audio-Visual Technology
Today, using AV in the education sector can increase students’ engagement, information recall, and understanding of complex subjects. Furthermore, educators can easily break down concepts that may otherwise be difficult to understand in order to enhance the remote learning experience.
While audio-visual learning methods have already begun to advance the education process, we’ve only scratched the surface of what will be available to educators in years to come. In the future, students will bring their own devices and use wireless technology to connect to education databases. In due time, educators will also enhance the curriculum for art and health classes using augmented and virtual reality. For example, art students will create a 3D sculpture using virtual reality and then print it using a 3D printer. It’s time to be prepared for the future of AV by installing audio-visual systems in your classroom today.
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