ERIC Number: ED053557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-23
Reference Count: 0
Use of Visual Media in Schools.
Technology has allowed modern educators greater flexibility than ever before. We cannot assume that one method of teaching is correct for every teacher, for every subject, and even for one teacher at all times. This is especially true in use of audiovisual media. Various types of materials and various ways of presenting them are necessary. Following rigid rules of presentation can inhibit the valuable spontaneous reaction of the child. The student should have a chance to interpret the experiences these media bring him. Because many films used in schools are largely lectures, they do not allow the student to do this. These pictures lean heavily on the narrator's words for meaning. Such films limit the child's chance for interpretation by imposing other people's meanings on the images. But many excellent new films, relying on techniques of the silent filmmakers of the 1920's, have little narration. They leave questions unanswered and allow the child to experience the subject himself. (JK)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Film Board of Canada, New York, NY.
Note: Speech given at the Vancouver Public Library, March 23, 1971