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Integrating Visual Learning into Geography - Conclusion
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Visual learning can also be applied to humanities subject such as Geography. For instance, the processes can be drawn in a diagram for students to understand the whole idea much more clearly. An example is the topic of plate tectonics, about how a trench is formed.
We have drawn an original diagram of the trench (click to view larger image):
This can be compared to a non-visual approach, where your notes would be a huge chunk of text that would be hard to read and boring to try and comprehend. For instance,
Trenches are formed when the ocean crust and the continental crust undergo destructive movement. The ocean crust is denser than the continental crust and will thus subduct under the continental crust. Subducting means that it moves under the other plate. The continental crust will buckle and form mountain ranges because of the amount of pressure from the collision. A trench is formed at the site of subduction where there is a depression because of the angle at which the ocean crust is going under the continental crust, into the mantle.
With diagrams, it provides a visual, easily understood, interesting and easily retained way of presenting your knowledge. This way, a student is able to fully understand the whole process easier.
This example also shows a fact: Visual learning can be done without the computer; it is not restricted to watching Flash animations or watching videos on the television. Mind maps and diagrams are great ways of learning and it reaps the same benefits as Flash animations since our mind still absorbs in the visuals clearly. Thus, with minimal effort, key concepts can be derived from diagrams in much shorter times than reading textbooks or lengthy notes.
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