I think it is extremely important to use visuals to support your instruction, as long as you plan and use them deliberately. When you consider your students’ diverse needs and strengths, adding text and speech can make learning easier and more accessible for them. Adding pictures, youtube videos or movie clips to engage students and target their interests is essential, especially for the success of our 21st century learners. I came across a blog called “Assistive Technology: Access to Literacy” that used an awesome goanimate.com video to explain why it is important to use visuals to support your instruction. In the video it recommends allowing students to create their own digital stories, which I think is an amazing idea. Offering students this option, allows them to express their ideas and knowledge through creative thinking and problem solving; as well as provides students with a very tangible product!
As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words…”