Visual Learning

MirandaNet, one of the strongest and best-established online education communities, has at its core the use of digital technologies to enhance learning.

These Learning Observations explore the effect that the Visual has on learning and teaching. By embedding digital tools in the curriculum young learners are able to develop and extend their understanding of concepts and processes.

  • A Visual Study of a Remote ‘Traditional’ Mountain Community
      Teaching Resource/Presentation Using ICT Abstract My aim is to develop an illustrated presentation to bring the essence of a remote place into the inner city classroom via ICT. This would be in the form of text and images of the lifestyle of ‘montagnard’ people who live and farm high up in a mountainous/hilly area of the Mandara Mountains in Northeastern Nigeria. I would focus on the location of the area, terrace farming, crafts, pottery, traditions, religion etc and life ... Read More ...
  • Introducing ICT-based Multimodal Mapping
    Abstract 8 Functions of multimodal mapping: 1. To direct thinking: as a teaching presentation tool, to organise topic coverage and group activities. 2. To stimulate discussion and dialogical learning: to promote speaking and listening skills. 3. To generate creativity: to identify ‘conceptual spaces’ and stimulate ‘possibility‘ thinking. 4. To facilitate higher order thinking: to generate thinking skills through finding relationships and identifying gaps in understanding. 5. To generate writing by scaffolding ideas: ideas can be represented through strong visual images and can contain pictures and graphics. 6. To ... Read More ...
  • Developing and Evaluating Instructional Resources for Enhancing Object Recognition among Primary School Pupils
      Abstract Instructional media (instructional materials) are essential requirement for successful teaching, at college and university, student teachers are required to learn how to make and use simple and cheap instructional media (instructional materials). This is an account of the design and development of instructional graphic resources for teaching alphabets and recognition of objects. The materials developed were tested at Lemu LEA Primary School, Samaru, Zaria. The population of the study was primary two (2) pupils of the aforementioned ... Read More ...
  • Kar2ouche and Special Needs – Pilot Project ‘Macbeth’
        Abstract It may be a truism to say that all children have special educational needs, but it does mean that teachers are always considering ways of differentiating the lessons that they teach in order to meet the requirements of individual pupils. In this context, my Immersive team developed a totally flexible learning and teaching tool called Kar2ouche. It was created in order to be easily adapted to these needs so that the teacher and/or learning support assistant could ... Read More ...
  • Using Technology to Narrow the Gap for Low and Under Achieving Learners
        Abstract Education has long been seen as the key to a fairer society, and it must now find ways to enthuse and engage low- and under achieving pupils. While working to improve the lives of all young people, the biggest challenge continues to be that of Narrowing the Gap in opportunities and outcomes between the majority of learners, and those who are most vulnerable or underachieving. Author: Gaynor Sharp Publication Date: 2010 [divide ... Read More ...
  • Introducing ICT-based Multimodal Mapping
      Eight functions of multimodal mapping   Author: Nigel Riley Publication Date: 2007   The development of graphic representations Representations are what cognitive processes act on in creativity, learning and understanding to construct meanings of the world. They have internal and external expression. External representations of knowledge involve both symbolic, as in linguistic forms, and analogical representations, as in graphic or pictorial forms. Internal representations are able to represent only some aspects of ... Read More ...
  • Ambassadors for ACTIVlearning
      Abstract This paper describes developments in the MirandaNet-Promethean Ambassadors project, a worldwide study to evaluate the impact of Promethean’s interactive whiteboard technology on pupils’ achievement and on the transformation of the learning experience in schools.   The study involves schools, teachers and pupils in China, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom. It began in January 2005 and is due to be completed in September 2007.   The paper identifies trends and developments common to all of the countries and ... Read More ...
  • Tools for Transformation: The Impact of Interactive Whiteboards in a range of contexts
      Abstract The use of Interactive Whiteboards (IWBs) has had a marked impact on both teacher and learner behaviour and expectations (Cuthell, 2005). To date, much of the literature has reflected small-scale studies, with much of the evidence being ethnographic in nature (Glover et al, 2005; Smith et al, 2005). This paper looks at evidence drawn from the first phase of a three-year international longitudinal study of schools in China, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Evidence is ... Read More ...