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Why are the HOW2 techniques so visual?

Because we wanted to make it quicker and easier for educators to learn new methods. There are six main ways we think visuals support learning. 

The same six reasons support students AND educators in learning

The fact that the image is paired down and devoid of too much contextual information facilitates teachers to focus on the teaching and learning inherent in the activity and then adapt it to their context to meet the needs of their students

Professor Kate Wall, School of Education, University of Strathclyde

Research in workplace learning shows that using a combination of still visuals and words is the most effective way to communicate or teach procedures. Teaching is procedural so we’ve simply applied this research to depict evidence-informed teaching techniques so that teachers can learn new methods more quickly, more easily and more accurately.

Here’s the full quote from Kate.

The visual element of the How2s offer a direct path into what a teaching technique IS about, its core pedagogic intent. The fact that the image is paired down and devoid of too much contextual information facilitates teachers to focus on the teaching and learning inherent in the activity and then adapt it to their context to meet the needs of their students (rather than having to work out’ / guess’ what to do). The universality of the images and the ideas they represent provides a focus for professional dialogue (visuals put everyone on the same page — not open to misinterpretation ) and for dialogue between teachers and students about what worked in the classroom.

These factors combine to make the complexity of teacher training and development quicker, easier and more effective.”

Professor Kate Wall, University of Strathclyde

Resource

Six Ways Visuals Help Learning

A poster explaining the top six ways visuals help learning 

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