“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” -Confucius
This Confucius saying emphasizes the importance of having visuals in our daily lives, specifically as a tool to help us learn more effectively. Teaching methodologies have evolved a great deal over time, with a trend towards making education a more interactive and student-friendly process by seamlessly integrating the latest technology with the academic curriculum. Though it is too early to say whether e-learning will completely replace traditional teaching methods, it has surely influenced classroom teaching to a large extent. One of the latest additions to e-learning is the introduction of classroom displays in the education system.
What are classroom displays?
Classroom displays, an integral part of digitally-equipped classrooms, are an innovation in traditional charts and graphs, utilizing visuals and graphics to make the teaching process easier and more productive. As educationalists are collaborating with government officials to establish policies for digital learning, the global market for classroom displays has grown substantially. According to analysts at Technavio, the global Classroom Displays Market, which stood at appromixately $11 billion in 2015, is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 30% by 2020. Interactive flat panels and tables, education projectors, and wireless slates are some of the most popular classroom display products.
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Reasons behind the popularity of visual education
Visual aids are known for engaging learners in a more effective manner by reinforcing the content in their course material. Not only do visuals help improve students’ attention spans, they also enable them to retain information on a specific subject matter more easily and for a longer period of time.
According to experts, every child is different and each one of them deciphers written language or text in a different manner. This is the reason why relying too heavily on written material or textbooks does not achieve the same result for every student. And even though parity of result is not the focus of the education system, the teaching process needs to be constructed in such a manner that each child acquires an equal amount of knowledge and no child is left to fall behind. It is in this context that visual aids become all the more important. Visual tools improve necessary learning skills such as reading comprehension, organization and communication, as well as cognitive aptitude.
For the most part, every single country around the globe is continuously working towards making education available to each and every one of its citizens. An educated population with solid analytical skills is an asset to any country –which is another key reason why there is a rapid increase in the adoption of visual teaching tools in classrooms. In spite of the initial installation costs, which can be steep, visual learning is essentially a cost-effective tool for schools and universities. This is because visual tools allow for large numbers of students to be taught a subject all at once, saving a great deal of time and resources, which is especially important in the education sector.
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