Visual learning in the classroom - 5 lesson ideas with TipTiles

Teaching just with words and text can me boring from time to time. That’s why visual learning is highly recommended in every classroom. Visual learning, or dual coding, combines text with images (and video) to encourage your students' engagement… and brain. It will make them remember much more!

In this blog post, I’ll show you the power of the TipTile Widget. Besides combining visual learning with text, it’s also very intuitive and fun for students. Let me give you some good practices and lesson ideas.

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5 fun lesson ideas with the BookWidgets TipTile widget

1. Visualize definitions and terms

Use pictures and video to visualize difficult definitions, subjects or terms. Insert some lines with explaining text, insert audio or video fragments that support your definition, and explain it more in detail. Here’s an example about “the marketing mix”.

Visual interactive teaching with BookWidgets tiptiles

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2. Visualize a timeline

History teachers often use a static timeline to visualize and order events in time. You can do exactly the same with tiptiles. An extra advantage is the possibility to add audio and video. Here’s a historical summary of important events in the past. Pretty handy if you ask me!

Visual interactive teaching with BookWidgets tiptiles

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3. Visualize instructions and tutorials

Teaching STEM or technical courses? Your students have a lot to learn. Most of the time you can show it to your students, but your students have to be able to do things by themselves. In the TipTile widget, you can give them the right instructions with tutorial videos.

Want to know how to change a tire?

Visual interactive teaching with BookWidgets tiptiles

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4. Visualize processes

Any course comes with content that has processes. Think about the life cycle of a human or any other organism, or how the earth was created. Take a look at this example below explaining the process of how chocolate is made.

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5. Visualize topic introductions

Use tiptiles as a lesson starter to get a quick view on what students already know about your topic. Grab their attention with these fun and interactive lesson starters. Give them a sneak peak of what they are going to learn, or use it to generate a discussion to start the lesson with.

Here’s an example that reveals the lesson topic and immediately generates a discussion between classmates. This example just uses text and images without video, but you can see that it’s quite powerful as well:

Visual interactive teaching with BookWidgets tiptiles

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So that’s it! At least, for this post. You can start creating fun TipTile widgets now. Use your own imagination, because these examples are just the top of the iceberg!

Lucie Renard

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BookWidgets enables teachers to create fun and interactive lessons for tablets, smartphones, and computers.

Choose from over 40 exercise templates (quizzes, crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, ...), and adapt them with your own content.