Images are well suited to the creation of dynamic skill-building exercises. Students can be instructed to apply the correct labels to a figure, select a location on a chart or map, or review data and other forms of information. These types of activities may depend on or be built around an image.
Additionally, selecting the right kinds of images for Active Learning can greatly impact the effectiveness of the interactive learning materials. Images help to facilitate multiple modes of learning and can create new pathways to recalling information. Conversely, selecting images which add little value to the lesson goals can be a distraction to a student’s learning experience.
When deciding if you should add an image, ask yourself:
- Does this image enhance the exercise for students in some way or offer a relevant subject for critique?
- Will the image increase students’ comprehension of the material?
- Does this image demonstrate a concept that isn’t already conveyed in other materials?
Image selection can take time and dedication. Keep in mind the value of using images that convey information in a meaningful way or contain components that lend themselves well to interactivity.