Watch Your Word Count
Slide visuals in a virtual classroom are a great way to engage your students and keep them interested. But brain scans show that we cannot truly listen when we are asked to read. This phenomenon, known as “inattentional deafness,” is something we’ve all experienced as we scroll on our phones.
So how can teachers ensure that our slide visuals enhance our lessons and don’t prove to be a distraction to our teaching?
If we know our students can’t read and listen at the same time, we can avoid asking them to do so.
Limit the words that you put on any slide visuals so that they can be read quickly. This also means that large font sizes (at least 28 point font) ensure that your students are not squinting at the screen instead of listening.
If you must have more words on the screen, be sure to pause and allow time for your students to read in silence. They will better listen to you if you do!
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