Instructional Aids in the Digital Age TE 513 Instructional Aids
Discussion 1: Instructional Aids in the Digital Age due on Wed. January 30, 2019 by 9 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by 9:00 p.m.
As we have studied, Instructional Aids are devices that assist an instructor in the teaching-learning process. Instructional aids are not self-supporting; they are supplementary training devices. The key factor is that instructional aids support, supplement, or reinforce.
After the course discussion (on 01/23/2019) and review of the power point lecture notes, address the following questions in one or more well-constructed paragraphs.
1) What are both pros and cons on instructional aids? (List 2 or more for each and explain).
2) How do both instructors and students benefit from instructional aids? (Provide examples and explain)
You may refer to notes and your own additional research (1 or 2 sources). You may also respond to one or more classmate’s entry.
Do not copy and paste content for the internet. This is brief activity and should reflect your own perception (based on the research you have come across). Partnering and 21st Century
· Digital technology is becoming an
important part of students
When used properly, technology
can help the educational process.
Teachers’ job is to coach and guide
the use of technology
Teachers need to be expert in their
existing responsibilities and
provide quality for students
3 Simple ways to use smart
phones in education
Texting: Office hours can be
Social Networking: Make
learning a social experience.
Playing games: Games should
be based on course objectives.
Benefits of a Smart Board
The interactive electronic
whiteboard is great for
The board can accommodate
different learning style
Distance learning is an excellent
setting for interactive
Reasons for Instructional Aids
In addition to helping students remember
important information, instructional aids
have other advantages. When properly
used, they help gain and hold the attention
Audio or visual aids can be very useful in
supporting a topic, and the combination of
both audio and visual stimuli is particularly
effective since the two most important
senses are involved.
Instructors should keep in mind that they
often are salespersons of ideas, and many
of the best sales techniques that attract
the attention of potential clients are well
Instructional Aid Theory
During the communicative process, the sensory register of the memory
acts as a filter. As stimuli are received, the individual’s sensory register
works to sort out the important bits of information from the routine or less
This complex process is enhanced by the use of appropriate instructional
aids that highlight and emphasize the main points or concepts. The
working or short-term memory functions are limited by both time and
capacity. Therefore, it is essential that the information be arranged in
useful bits or chunks for effective coding, rehearsal, or recording.
The effectiveness of the instructional aid is critical for this process.
Carefully selected charts, graphs, pictures, or other well-organized visual
aids are examples of items that help the student understand, as well as
retain, essential information.
Ideally, instructional aids should be designed to cover the key points and
concepts. In addition, the coverage should be straightforward and factual
so it is easy for students to remember and recall. Generally, instructional
aids that are relatively simple are best suited for this purpose.
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