Tuesday, 6 November, 2007

Using pictures

Pictures/photographs/diagrams/figures etc play an important role when we are teaching. The schemetic diagrams, flowcharts, mind maps helps a student in remembring outline of the topic.
We may utilise this strategy of teaching through them, in the following way.
Select a photograph.Show it to the students.
Ask them to observe it and note down the observations. This will help in improving the writing skills as well.
You may initiate a discussion on the same, according to the subject's need. .This will improve their verbal skills.
In the subject like mathematics pictures/figures may be used for relating the subject to daily life, deriving information etc.
Through inspiring pictures ,students may learn moral education lessons too.

You may draw animated figure/diagram related to your subject using UnFREEz . Part of an image may be taken using Irfan View. There are other ways also. It is all need based. You may draw the image yourself also and then click its photograph.
I have started with this technique with my students. They try to explain the hidden concepts in their own way, thereby enhancing creative ability, logical thinking and analytical ability. It has helped the students for retaining a concept because of visualisation.

Example Consider the following figure.

The students may observe many mathematical facts from it.

These are concentric circles .(Circles having same centre)

For inspirational picture lessons ,I have created a blog http://inspiringpictures.blogspot.com/

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