• Uses Pictures and Media to Support Learning:
    The following website is a great resource that includes links for finding graphics. The website includes the information below with supporting research highlighting why pictures and graphics enhance student learning. 
    Pictures to Support Learning

    Research supports the idea that images connect directly to long-term memory. Images are different from text in that they can communicate “lateral thinking, objectivity and global context”. Acquiring new knowledge is difficult for most learners because they go about it the wrong way. Many of our learners will try to memorize difficult concepts from textbooks. However, our brain isn’t geared to learn this way.Learners can acquire more in chunks by visualizing difficult concepts. 

    Images provide a great UDL environment. Students learning English and student with learning challenges will learn much faster when images pair with text. 

    Graphics that include labels for unfamiliar parts or steps in a processes help students focus on key ideas.

    Using images or graphs can help students understand abstract concepts in a concrete way.

    Graphics combined with text can facilitate learning better than text alone.

    Images with labels pointing out important features or processes can make concepts easier to understand.

    Images are often needed by students to enrich their projects and reports. 

    I was once told, never develop any handout for the classroom that does not include a graphic or two. Bottom line: research does show that graphics supports learning.