Audio-Visual education is the one in which particular attention in paid on the audio and visual presentation of the material to project across a point easily. Also known by the name of multimedia education, it makes use of recordings, movies, videotapes, radio, television etc to enhance learning. Audio-Visual aids were used during and after World War II. After the war, this technology was increasingly used it schools, colleges and other educational institutes to improve learning and retention. The importance of audio-visual technology in education should not be underestimated. It creates environment which is more conducive to learning. This kind of educational technology can lead to significant gains in retention, creativity, interest and imagination.
- It makes it easier for the teacher to enhance the presentation of the content by using pictures, quotes, videotapes etc.
- The entire learning process is a combination of pictures, sounds, audios and videos. Its easily grabs the attention of students and students absorb information easily.
- There is an urge to understand technology in students and they are updated about the latest technology.
- It creates a stimulating and interactive environment. The equipment can be used to present information and they are interacting with the audio-visual aids on a daily basis, which makes them proficient in using technology.
- They participate in group discussions rather than just taking notes.
- Audio-Visual lessons consist of students working in pairs/groups on PowerPoint presentation or writing using Word etc. The assignments are fun, challenging and exciting.
- The students can also rapidly provide feedback.
- It is also important for future career prospects. Audio-visual skills are essential to a business environment today. Therefore audio-visual skills are necessary to perform the jobs in future.
There are certain barriers to audio-visual education such as resistance from students and teachers to adopt new technology and give up traditional methods of teaching, schools lacking funds to introduce new technology or technical faults in the technological equipments. Despite all of it, audio-visual makes teaching and learning a rich and enjoyable experience, motivates students and brings innovative and creative ideas to the classroom.