This week I decided to experiment a little bit with graphic and visual aids. I am a very visual learner, so I thought that this would be a really fun thing to try out. Visual and graphic aids can be beneficial in many different scenarios and environments, and can virtually be customized towards anything you want them to be. The visual aid that I decided to create was a daily planner page on Canvas. I researched many different sites that allowed you to create visuals and graphics, but this one seemed to be the one that would be the easiest to navigate, and more cost effective (I used all free templates). I decided to create a daily planner page because I am very reliant on my personal planner. It is something that I have with me all of the time, and helps keep track of my very busy schedule! When I started to create my page, there were helpful tips and guidelines that showed me where to go and how to get started. I chose a layout, background, and theme. Once those were set up, I decided on a text font and started adding elements such as a to do list and urgent list, notes, and goals. There were so many options, it took me a lot longer than I expected to customize it! Here is the link to my planner page: Canvas
I really loved all of the different options that were available for free to use, while also being pretty easy to navigate around. I feel that the most user friendly websites will for sure become the most successful. Something that excites me about experimenting with graphic and visual aids, is how I will be able to use them in my future classroom. Although there will be students that will not benefit from visual aids, I feel that learning how to make use of them will still be beneficial to many. I think it would be a fun idea to have my students create their own poster, card, or other visual aid on a website, such as Canvas, because it would be a way to express their creativity and individuality. It is also a good way to in cooperate technology into your classroom.
While researching and learning about ways to in cooperate visual aids in the classroom is great, it is also still important to remember to be just as educated in auditory learning as well. Every student is different, and the more ways you learn how to teach and the more resources you are able to use, the higher your confidence will be teaching in the classroom. Here is a Ted Talk that I wanted to share that shows how to teach visual and auditory learning.