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|The concept of visual education : Author-Amit Kulshresth|
"Visual Education" as a concept means freeing
education from text and making it more visual by using photographs,
illustrations, animation, video and interactivity.
The major part of education has always been "textual and static", visual education can bring about a change in this system by making it more dynamic, animated, interactive and of course interesting. The changes are coming in slowly but surely in third world countries , the books that used to be in gray color a few years back are now in color. Blackboard has given way to white board with colorful markers replacing chalks. Charts are giving way to OHP in schools. But the changes are slow, definitely slow. They are awaiting the inroads to be made by computer and then links provided to Internet to usher in the new way of learning.
The question is can all that be termed as visual education ?
Yes and No, It is a proven fact that a dynamic visual transfers higher information than a textual static one. But then that is the starting point of visual education. It has to deliver knowledge in many formats to be successful. Be it color graphics or interactive animation. So Yes! those animation and graphics are visual ( text in those terms was 'visual' also ) but they do not provide education . So Visual has to be combined with education to make it worthwhile.
In lower education levels (upto K6 or class 6th) even a geographic phenomenon and simple mathematics becomes tough to understand by a child burdened with a lot of subjects being taught at school and frequently the rote or memorizing method is subscribed to. The result is tests are passed but knowledge is not gained.
Now imagine what will happen to that child in higher classes, where no longer the rote method works as subjects are vast. Most probably the child will lose interest quickly and drop out or trudge through.
Now suppose there was a method by which he could still build up his concepts and be comfortable in understanding difficult subjects. Then he might continue on with renewed interest. This method is visual education method.
Education needs to be linked with exploration to make combination deliver knowledge .
For example start off on how light creates life --- learn about photosynthesis through animation ---then about chlorophyll --- if interested find out about cholorplast ----want to know more OK--find out about how CO2 is absorbed through interactive simulation --- then learn about electron transfer through carriers through another animation and so on.
Thus the best way to learn anything is to make it visual, interactive and curiosity based.
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