Be it modern instructional materials like computer, video, film and slides or traditional teaching aids have one goal; that is facilitated learning.

Before actually using it, the teacher must evaluate and validate the effectively of this aid.

‘Here are some reminders in doing this:

1. Clarity is the key – the central idea must be simplified direct and accurate. It must be legible in terms of layout, size, contrast and color.

2. It is compelling – it must attract attention, spark the learner’s reaction & promote sharp thinking. It’s message must stick; its color, symbolism, phraseology and over-all from contribute to the lasting impression of the learners.

3. It is easy to use- it must be simple &easy for the learner to handle, manipulate and understand.

4. It is appropriate – the teaching aid must reflect its purpose and its form is closely tied to its content. Its form reflects the experience and age level of the users.

5. It is economical- it must be produced as economically as possible in terms of time, effort and money.

6. It must be directly related to the instructional objective and the subject matter.

7. Versatile – the teaching aid can be used in several teaching-learning situations and can cut across subject areas.

8. Must utilize low-cost indigenous materials available in the place.

9. Durable – It must be constructed in such a way that it can withstand long usage and several handlings.

By: Mrs. Sisa H. Parrera T-III | DEPED Samal, Bataan

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