25 Examples of Multimodal Learning to Use in Your Classroom Today

Is your classroom routine a little tired? Routine helps your students feel safe by keeping expectations predictable. The problem is that teachers can get locked into a handful of teaching strategies

That can hurt your student’s learning in the long run. Students need access to a variety of ways to learn each day. Sometimes they need to see a concept in many different ways before it can stick. 

You may have tried doing learning style inventories with your students so that students can see what learning styles work best. But are you actually employing different learning modes inside of your classroom? Or maybe you’d like to mix it up, but it feels like you may have to reinvent your entire classroom routine. 

The good news is you can add multimodal learning in small ways throughout your week. We’ve rounded up some simple ideas to get you to think about using multimodal learning in your classroom today.

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What Is Multimodal Learning?

Multimodal learning uses multiple sensory modalities or channels (such as visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile) to enhance the learning experience and promote a deeper understanding of concepts. Instead of relying on a single mode of communication, such as traditional lectures or text-based materials, multimodal learning engages learners through various senses and media.

In multimodal learning, information is presented in different formats, such as text, images, videos, audio, and interactive elements, to cater to different learning preferences and maximize the learning potential of students. By incorporating multiple modes of representation, it allows learners to access and process information using their preferred sensory channels, reinforcing their understanding and retention of the material.

Multimodal learning recognizes that individuals have diverse learning styles and preferences. Some students may learn better through visual cues, while others may benefit from auditory explanations or hands-on activities. By presenting information through multiple modalities, educators can reach a broader range of students and create a more inclusive learning environment.

Multimodal learning also acknowledges the power of multimedia in engaging students and making learning more interactive and dynamic. It leverages technology and digital tools to integrate different modes of representation seamlessly, enabling students to explore, interact, and construct knowledge in a more personalized and meaningful way.

25 Examples Of Multimodal Learning

These examples demonstrate how teachers can incorporate different forms of media and technology to create a multimodal learning environment that caters to diverse learning styles and engages students in a variety of ways.

  1. Use videos or animations to visually demonstrate complex concepts.
  2. Incorporate hands-on activities and experiments to engage tactile learners.
  3. Create interactive presentations with embedded audio and visual elements.
  4. Use real-world examples and case studies to connect abstract concepts to practical applications.
  5. Encourage students to create visual diagrams, mind maps, or concept maps to organize their thoughts.
  6. Use online platforms or apps like TeacherMade that allow students to annotate and interact with digital texts.
  7. Incorporate multimedia presentations or guest speakers to provide diverse perspectives on a topic.
  8. Integrate music or sound effects to enhance the mood or atmosphere during a lesson.
  9. Assign multimedia projects where students can create videos, podcasts, or digital portfolios.
  10. Use virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) to create immersive learning experiences.
  11. Incorporate infographics or data visualizations to present complex information in a simplified manner.
  12. Create interactive quizzes or games using multimedia elements to assess understanding in TeacherMade.
  13. Provide transcripts or captions for audio or video content to support students with hearing impairments or language barriers.
  14. Use multimedia simulations or virtual labs to conduct experiments that may be difficult to perform in a physical classroom.
  15. Encourage students to create multimedia presentations to teach their peers about a specific topic.
  16. Use multimedia storytelling techniques to make historical events or literature come to life.
  17. Incorporate virtual field trips to museums, historical sites, or natural environments using virtual reality or online tours.
  18. Utilize multimedia software or apps that allow students to collaborate on projects and share their work.
  19. Use multimedia timelines to help students visualize the sequence of historical events or scientific discoveries.
  20. Assign multimedia research projects where students gather information from various sources such as texts, interviews, and videos.
  21. Incorporate videoconferencing tools to facilitate remote guest speakers or experts joining the classroom virtually.
  22. Use multimedia annotation tools to analyze and discuss visual artworks, photographs, or historical documents.
  23. Encourage students to create multimedia blogs or vlogs to reflect on their learning experiences.
  24. Utilize digital storytelling tools to allow students to create narratives using a combination of text, images, and audio.
  25. Use interactive whiteboards or touchscreen displays to facilitate collaborative problem-solving activities.

Use TeacherMade To Transform Your Everyday Teaching

TeacherMade makes it easy to infuse multimodal learning into your everyday classroom activity. With TeacherMade you can:

  • Create interactive PowerPoint or Google Slides Presentations that have embedded formative assessments.
  • Convert your PDF assignments into online activities that look and feel like traditional paper copies.
  • Incorporate multimedia like video, audio, recordings, links, and visuals to display content in new ways. 

TeacherMade makes it easy to transform what you already have and add the most successful multimodal strategies. When multimodal teaching is easy, you can incorporate it into everyday teaching. See TeacherMade in action: