It’s simple, right?

Just requires a few pictures here and there or a PowerPoint presentation!

That’s not really how the brain research sees it. The visual cortex projects from them occipital lobe – at the back of the brain – and progresses into the parietal and temperal lobes. That means that the visual cortex runs perpendicular to the motor cortex (last weeks video and article), connecting all of the parts of the brain associated with learning.

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Visual input is the use of pictures, symbols, and color to present, reinforce, and support memory and recall in learners.

Using visual input as a learning tool requires planning and forethought. Consider how to:

·      Use visuals to present and represent a concept. That means that specific visual is recognized, every time, as that concept. In our work this is the Ball of Perspective.

·      Present information through infographics that allow for creative representation of a full process or large concept. An example in our work is the Behavior Paradigm.

·      Use color cues for visual reference. It might mean that we establish colors related to concepts as we present them and as we review or recall them. This is an important tool with technology like PowerPoint. For example, I might present two perspectives on a slide and have one written in green and the other in purple (or the background in respective colors), each with supporting pictures or symbols. Then, when I am talking about one or the other, it shows up in that same color. This triggers the brain to connect what it has seen with what is now being discussed.

·      Use pictures to punctuate your current topic of content, to capture attention. One of the mechanisms of visual input can be to connect to emotions. For example, if I’m going to talk about gun violence, I might open with a picture of a handgun barrel pointed at the camera.

This is the beginning of this conversation and part of our 9-5-9 Video Series. You can access that only through our email list (sign up here – you also get access to offers and opportunities that are presented nowhere else!) or by subscribing to our YouTube channel.

I would be really interested in the ways you use visual input to reinforce your training and teaching. Let’s share this content and together we can develop more and more resources on how we can use this important learning tool to improve what is learned, remembered, and used!

Talk soon!

With Respect,

Leah R. Kyaio

Interested in some ways to use and apply visual input? Our second video in our free 9-5-9 video series provides some concrete examples on how to do it and how to do it well. That video, Visual Input: The How & Why, is available through our email list (again: sign up here – you also get access to offers and opportunities that are presented nowhere else!) or by subscribing to our YouTube channel.