As students become more accustomed to technology, audio-visual materials play an even more important role in classrooms. Students learn in a variety of different ways, which is why the use of audio-visual components helps to enhance the learning environment.
According to Terrebonne Parish Library System, audio-visual materials "convey information mainly via sound and image instead of by text." Some audio-visual materials may contain written words, but that is not the main manner of communication.
Students often benefit from the visual/sound appeal of audio-visual materials because it tends to focus their attention on the topic. When teachers present material in various manners, such as providing students with both a summary statement and a chart on a given topic, the visual material enhances the written materials.
Computers, television, tapes, DVDs and projectors are types of audio-visual materials. Posters, cartoon strips, costumes, models and field trips are also audio-visual materials.
Any audio-visual aids chosen should somehow reflect the lesson. Teachers should decide what material will most effectively enhance her lesson, as such materials provide real life depth for students.
Carolyn Chapman, an international educational consultant and trainer, believes students gain even more knowledge when they create the audio-visual material. Students can operate cameras, construct posters, charts, graphics and pictures, as well as use a computer's features.