Weekly Digest #67: Dual Coding in the Classroom
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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