Last night I visited my friend. Her 4-year-old little boy was doing the assignment given by his piano teacher. With a lovely music played by CD player, he needed to touch the right keys and mind the rhythm according to the words. The song was a typical humorous children’s song and asking for touching a certain key at the right rhythm breaks or keep it long or short, and some other requirements helping kids who just start to learn piano get to know notes, rhythm, and length. My friend’s little boy sung along with the music, moved his body according to the rhythm and touched the notes as required happily. I had to admit that I was somewhat astonished that learning can be so enjoyable and fun.
Disneyland movies usually produce the top class of children’s movies, I enjoyed them as well. The latest Disneyland product I watched was The Jungle Book. It told a story about a little boy growing up to be brave and smart, and what’s more, respecting rules. Those are just the most important things that we want our children to understand and obey, and Disneyland movies help educate children in a creative and fun way. Considering this, I guess I understood why Postman said: ” We now know that Sesame Street encourages children to love school only if school is like Sesame Street.”
The traditional schooling makes me form a picture of a teacher, with one hand holding a textbook, white with a piece of chalk on a blackboard. Students are sitting down there and trying to open their sleepy eyes. However, learning can be different from a work-based setting. We all agree that “learning through playing”, then audiovisual technology can be a great helper. One of the benefits that Audiovisual aid brings is that learning via AV creates a stimulating and interactive environment which is more conducive to learning.
Audiovisual aid may be the earliest education technology. Since then, the education changed from “2D” style – the letters written down to “3D” style – the vivid audiovisual pictures and interactive activities. Non-book media can teach. Learning happens in a multimodality with the combination of visual, aural, gestural, spatial and linguistic modes. In audiovisual technology, these modes are functions interactively to convey and express meanings. This form a new saying of digital literacy, which should be included in the curriculum in the audio-visual age. Other than that, AV technology also enables students to meet future career prospects.
However, in the digital age with the fast development of Audiovisual hardware and software programs, it lifts requirements for teacher’s ability. We cannot be lazy teachers anymore. We should always keep an eye to what is new.
Chart resource: Advantages, challenges encountered and attitude of teachers in utilizing multimedia in the classroom by Jallorina, Alma Torres
Seen from the chart, we can see the top challenge teachers are facing is skills to manipulate technologies, followed by curriculum preparation and class evaluation. In order to make better use of AV, related training is recommended for teachers to keep up with the updated educational technology knowledge about how to apply multimedia into teaching designs. Of course, we can easily access lots of training online. We are also the beneficiary of this digital age.
Kyla shared a video about Multimodal literacies that I found really helpful.