Recycle your old paper 5×7 index cards, abandon the traditional methods of study, and step into the future of learning with Flash Card Maker Pro for Android devices. Studies from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development have shown that for children with difficulties in learning, a multi-sensory teaching method is the most effective and preferred approach. Since the mid-1990s, the majority of prominent instructional programs have shared the similar belief in the importance of multi-sensory teaching strategies, which include techniques for linking eye, ear, voice, and hand in symbolic learning. By activating all of the user senses during the learning process the brain is able to build stronger relationships to the content and memory and speed of recall is improved.
A multi-sensory teaching strategy is one that combines the use of two or more senses simultaneously.
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) (2004) defines multi-sensory as: ‘using visual, auditory and kinaesthetic modalities, sometimes at the same time’. Kinaesthetic refers to perceiving through touch and an awareness of body movements. Teachers working with dyslexic learners have found these approaches particularly valuable, as they help learners to make sense of information in a variety of different ways. Activities that harness all the senses are excellent way to include learners with disabilities. Multi-sensory teaching techniques and strategies stimulate learning by engaging students on multiple levels and encourage students to use some or all of their senses to do the following:
- Gather information about a task.
- Link information to ideas they already know and understand.
- Perceive the logic involved in solving problems.
- Learn problem-solving steps.
- Tap into nonverbal reasoning skills.
- Understand relationships between concepts.
- Learn information and store it for later recall.
Combining study games and teaching tools with mobile flash card applications is a technological advancement within the last 5 years that allows users to learn and improve their memory on-the-go from anywhere and at anytime.