Weekly Digest #67: Dual Coding in the Classroom

Weekly Digest #67: Dual Coding in the Classroom

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Image from pixabay

Dual coding, or combining visuals with words, is one of the 6 strategies for effective learning. The idea is that by combining a visual representation of an idea with a verbal representation of an idea, we will be able to learn the idea better. (Of course, this can be overdone, as is discussed in this post.)

In this digest, we bring together 5 resources on making the most of dual coding in the classroom to improve learning.

 

1) Dual Coding in the Classroom by Blake Harvard, The Effortful Educator, @effortfuleduktr

In this excellent piece, Blake Harvard explains his introduction of dual coding into his high school classroom with great success. 

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Image from linked source

 

2) Double-Barrelled Learning For Young & Old by Paul A. Kirschner, @P_A_Kirschner and Mirjam Neelen, @MirjamN

In this blog, Kirschner and Neelen explain the theory of dual coding, and how the visual and text representations can be used to complement one another. They even include some concrete examples of effective and ineffective uses of dual coding.

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Image from linked source

 

3) Dual-coding in Science by Pritish Raichura, @Mr_Raichura

In this blog, Pritish Raichura provides a number of step-by-step examples of how he uses dual coding, presenting a text, drawing a diagram, and then providing a verbal description, to increase understanding in his science classes. He too outlines some principles of using dual coding appropriately.

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Image from linked source

 

4) Using Infographics for Teaching and Learning by Sarah Gretter, @SarahGretter

In this piece, this Michigan State University Doctoral student studying educational psychology and technology discusses the use of infographics. She provides information about how infographics can be used in the classroom, and lists resources for creating your own infographics!

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Image from Pixabay

 

5) Visual Storytelling: 5 Cool Projects that Combine Art and Writing by Dana Truby on We Are Teachers, @WeAreTeachers

Interested in integrating assignments that require visualization and verbalization in your classroom? This piece can help you get creative by presenting 5 different projects that combine these elements. In addition to utilizing dual coding, requiring assignments like these can also encourage students to practice retrieval without using a "test" or "quiz".

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Image from Pixabay


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