A visualiser is a mounted camera that displays the image of whatever is under it onto an interactive whiteboard or other visual display device. They are an essential tool in a modern classroom and are becoming more and more popular, so much so that many teachers are choosing to use the device over the old favourite, presentation software. This is because visualisers don’t just help teachers in delivering educational material, they also support students in their studies increasing productivity and engagement and ultimately raising grades.
Visualisers help students to avoid overloading their working memories by reducing cognitive load. This means they are more likely to retain and store information that they’ve learned in class in their long-term memories.
Visualisers such as those from Czur and Adesso also make lessons more interactive and boost engagement by bringing school subjects to life and helping students gain a deeper understanding of a topic. Teachers can share images of just about anything and record lessons for students to play back in their own time, while revising or studying for that subject.
With the name visualiser, you’d be forgiven for thinking it would only benefit visual learners. When in actual fact the equipment can support all types of learners. Audio can also be recorded and for kinaesthetic learners, the visualiser is far more interactive than a traditional presentation with the ability to collaborate with peers.
Here are just some of the other ways teachers can use a visualiser as a valuable educational tool
Record scientific experiments and demonstrations. Some scientific demonstrations last days, with a visualiser, teachers can use a time lapse video to capture the demonstration and play it back in a lesson.
Create collaborative mind maps or mood boards in creative subjects with contributions from students to keep them engaged
Give feedback on English assignments and share best practice examples to help students know how to formulate answers for exams and homework. Students can also play this back at home
Teachers also benefit as they reduce the need for over-planning and spending many hours poring over presentation software.
Ultimately, there are a plethora of opportunities not to be missed when using a visualiser. From this step-by-step instruction and live modelling to opportunities for showcasing high-quality student responses, the visualiser is the must-have piece of equipment in every classroom. Subject teachers can share their knowledge and expertise with students simply, precisely and effectively.
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