Introduction to Visual Numbers
At Visnos we belief that any mathematical concept, up to high school level can be shown visually. Our activities provide animated graphics to explain various concepts. For example the multiplication tables can be represented by tropical fish. The fish swim in and out of the tables to show different product. If a child can form a clear mental picture of what a calculation means. They are much more likely to both remember and the understand the process. The more formal mathematical language be shown alongside the visual explanation.
Interactive teaching resources
Our ITRs can be used effectively for whole class teaching on an interactive white board. For smaller groups a PC or laptop is equally effective. Currently there are activities for addition and subtraction facts, angles, measurement using a protractor, telling the time, multiplication and division. Types of numbers such as factors, multiples, square and triangular. New resources are being added on a regular basis.
Learning styles and the left and right brain
Whole books are written on both learning styles and how the brain functions, but briefly children learn through a variety of styles. These include visual, logical, auditory, reading/writing and kinesthetic. Most people have a preferred learning style or styles. These different styles actually engage different parts of the brain. In fact it is now believed that engaging multiple areas of the brain while learning a topic, can greatly increase the chances of it being retained. This trick is often used my memory champions who remember long mundane lists by creating over the top colourful stories to link the items.
So when using Visnos to teach a concept visually the advantages are obvious. Although visual learners gain the most, everyone actually benefits. Both sides of the brain are engaged which helps both in retention and understanding.
More to come
Hopefully reading this text has given you an idea of what we are trying to achieve at Visnos. But the best way is to actually go to the mathematical demonstrations and try out the activities.