Overview of Types S19

Within this second part of Training Aids, you will be exposed to many kinds of training aids for you to consider implementing in your training sessions.

You will need your handout accessible in order to successfully complete this section; pages 31-37.

Training Aid Types, Benefits and Tips for Trainers

The following activity provides you with an opportunity to carefully look at the pages on Training Aids in your FET ?handout and to reflect on one that is of interest to you. As trainers, we use many if not all of these and they can all be useful and effective if matched with the correct content.

  • Read pages 31 – 37 to learn about the types, benefits and trainer tips for the various training aids described.
  • From the examples provided, choose one training aid and write a statement as to why you like it and how you use it.

Think of one Training Aid that you plan to use, and in the comment box below, respond to the following:

1) What makes this Training Aid effective?

2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer?

This is an ungraded assignment but must be completed to proceed.

Once you complete the assignment, you will have completed FET: 7 Training Aids. Please move on to FET 8: 3 Components of a Training Plan – found under “My Courses”.

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1.What makes this training aid effective?
I chose a powerpoint presentation. I feel that lots of learners need a visual aid accompanied with a handout that they can revisit.

2. How would you use that training aid in a training that you conduct or how have you seen it used by another trainer?
In the past, I have used powerpoint presentations and I have attended numerous training sessions where the trainer used them. I’m a visual learner and I need something to view.

Rebecca Crawford (Group Leader) August 29, 2019 at 10:48 am

1) What makes this Training Aid effective?
I choose video clips because I think good video clips can provide insightful knowledge to participants. It also allows the learner to ‘see’ what you are talking about.

2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer?
One of the best ways I’ve seen videoclips being used in trainings is when it is also incorporated with a powerpoint or handout. We would always discuss what we were going to see, see the videoclip, and then had time to reflect afterwards.

1) What makes this Training Aid effective?
I use a lot of video clips for my students to watch and then we discuss. I also use video clips to practice data collection, etc.

2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer?
An upcoming conference session I am doing is on adapted materials (e.g., books) and creating a battery interrupter. I would show video clips of both to show them what the finished product looks like and then also may show it as we are creating the interrupter.

1) What makes this Training Aid effective?
I chose a PowerPoint Presentation. Many people need a visual to look at because they aren’t auditory learners. It will help participants to stay engaged by hearing and seeing what is being presented to them.

2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer?
I would use a slides that doesn’t have a lot of text, large font of 24 or higher, images, and different colors. I would want to keep them interested and engaged.

I think the most common one I will use is a power point.
1) What makes this Training Aid effective? I think this is effective because it helps your flow and it helps to be able to have information on the screen you need to communicate. It isn’t overwhelming because you can make information transition on to the screen as you need it and it has the ability to use some other techniques in the power point that will aid. Also, you can put notes that you can read but the students can’t see and you can print the notes pages off so they have the information they need also.

2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer? I would use this to guide my training. To see the information I needed and know what to talk about when. To be able to label content and separate it out..etc. I have seen this used in this way many times. I have had training where they printed this out, we took notes on it and it guided their training.

1) What makes this Training Aid effective?

I think initially, I am also drawn to the use of a PowerPoint presentation (similar to all the reasons that have been posted already on a visual presentation. A PowerPoint kind of guides your content–it keeps you organized, and it helps your topic flows seamlessly. It keeps your participants engaged, and it helps people who are hard of hearing, or who are not audio learners. It combines many elements of learning into one. Within a power point you can add text, videos, photos, and breakout sessions for talking points, activities, etc. I can’t imagine conducting a presentation without a PowerPoint.

2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer?

I use PowerPoint presentations all the time. I think a PowerPoint is just a tool to get you where you need to go. A good presentation is not just a trainer speaking for hours on end. It breaks up the content in a fun and engaging way. PowerPoints can help with that. By pairing your content with videos, photos, and hands-on activities, you keep your participants engaged in the learning process. Whenever I present I always make sure to take breaks throughout the session for discussion, activities, and hands-on learning experiences. A PowerPoint just helps sequence your content.

Suzanne (Group Leader) August 30, 2019 at 8:36 am

I chose PowerPoint. Even though the school of thought in recent years has tended to be that PP is tired and outdated, I do not agree. PowerPoint presentations are great visual aides. The trainer has the option to make them aesthetically pleasing and focus on points that need to be talked about in depth. Point by point, the trainer can bring in the participants and spark some meaningful conversations about the topic while still remaining organized in thought to continue on further with the presentation/topic.
I have used PowerPoint presentations multiple times in the past and still have most of them saved. My experience has been that they allow the training to stay on point while allowing participants to go back to the printed PP handout for notes.

I think using a little bit of everything in a training probably keeps it interesting and I agree with all the comments listed above about the value of video clips, particularly those that show something taking place in a classroom, and power points which provide a great overall structure for a training. For the purposes of contributing something different, I will say that I like flip charts and stickie notes.

One of the things that I enjoy so much about these items is that we can track our thinking as a group. So if groups each record their thoughts on a flip chart at the beginning of the training and we hang them around the room, we can go back later and amend them or think about how we might do it differently with the new information we have. In addition, I love the use of stickie notes to allow people to anonymously put questions up on a question board, or place themselves along a continuum by sticking their square up in a particular place. You can also have people create a bar graph by voting with stickie notes. All sorts of fun things you can do with them.

I like to have these with me at all times because sometimes I haven’t even planned to use them but then something arises during class that presents a situation when they are useful. Finally, having flip charts available tends to be necessary in spaces which don’t have boards. Hanging up butcher paper can be cheaper, though.

What makes this training aid effective?
I would prefer to use video clips. Video clips can be used in many different areas of training.

How would you use the Training Aid in a training that I have conducted or have seen it used by another trainer?
I could show examples of role modeling in the classroom or, if I were doing a training on writing anecdotal notes, I could use video clips for the participants to view, and practice writing what they actually see.

) What makes this Training Aid effective?

I chose video and power point anything visual that could be shown to show demonstration.

2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer?

I would use anything visual that can be shown to demonstrate how to use or train on the presentation, I believe that modeling the material that is being used will aid the trainees. so the presentation will be on point and trainees can see and follow the different methods that the trainer is illustrating.

1. I would like to use more hands-on materials such as: props/materials, pictures, models, etc. I feel that using hands-on materials will help all participants learn easier because they can put the items into practice.

2. Example: if I was having a training on appropriate classroom materials and activities to do with the materials; I would have the materials on hand, discuss how to use them, demonstrate an activity with the materials, and then allow the participants to come up with an activity of their own with the materials.

1) What makes this Training Aid effective?
easy way to make sure that all participants will take necessary information with them to refer to them later and to take more notes on them if needed
2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer?
a short summary of the training with space for note taking and empty spaces to fill during the lecture to keep participants involved and engaged in the training

I will forever use PowerPoint for the majority of my presentations. However, the training aid that I have chosen to discuss is video clips. 9 times out of 10, a video clip will be embedded into my PP. I love to see videos in presentations; I feel as though it breaks up the monotony of the lecture. It can help connect emotion to the content, and when I feel connected to something I’m more likely to use the skill or remember the content. It’s important to see things in action, as well. Being able to see how something works helps participants understand more than hearing how it should work.

1) What makes this Training Aid effective? It’s hard to chose just ONE particular Training Aid and its effectiveness, because I think the depth and dimension of it, used with other aids, is what truly makes a training, as a whole, effective! PowerPoints, with handouts, tend to be the most widely used and accepted form – likely because they are very effective. I think those methods, with videos and props, really get to address every type of learner! Audio, visual, and tactile learners really need to all be able to get the information in the best way that they can receive it!

2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer? Embedding videos, using props to emphasize topics, or using props when doing exercises are great ways to “break up” looking at a handout and PowerPoint. It keeps the audience’s attention and helps to continue being engaging.

I chose for a training aid the Video.

What makes this training aid effective, is that it is visually, auditory and literally appealing to the learners. It is a visual aid that can be easily accessed, by using a computer. It keeps the learner engaged by stimulating their interest. The learner becomes motivated to try new things, and a strong emotional connection to the content is also evoked.

I would use this Training Aid in a training that I would conduct along with handouts, Powerpoints, and Flipchart papers. It is very important to keep the learners well informed and engaged.

I chose props .
1) What makes this Training Aid effective?
Props give adults an opportunity to ‘play’ while at the same time learning.
2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer?
During a training on open-ended classroom materials, the trainer provided examples of the materials and allowed the participants to touch/feel each as they were learning about their value.

Catherine Hotkewicz September 7, 2019 at 8:53 am

My favorite trainings are those that give me “hands on” materials. Handouts and props and Make and Takes are things that give me confidence as a participant that I can go back to my Preschool and start implementing what I’ve learned in my classroom.

I think I would start using Props as a Training tool (when appropriate) to help inspire and motivate my participants to tap into my visual and kinesthetic learners who need to see and touch to be able to process the knowledge they’ve gained and start thinking in terms of practical applications in their classrooms for that knowledge.

Paula Billingsley-Koning September 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm

1) What makes this Training Aid effective? it provides written information and pictures/clip art as well as if printed three slides to a page allow participant to take notes next to relevant information and provides source page to allow the person to explore information further if desired.
2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer? I would use powerpoint for handout and to allow for note taking next to information as well addition to verbal content.

I love PowerPoint Presentations in trainings. I feel like they can help the trainer stay on track as well as manage time. It can also ensure the topic is being covered in a logical order. I like that you have the ability to imbed videos and photos into the presentations. It gives participants a visual and something to follow along with and take notes from if desired. I also like the idea of having slides with reflection questions or group discussion topics for the participants to refer to during discussions and exercises.

Lisha (Group Leader) September 7, 2019 at 4:04 pm

I chose a combination of power point and props. I find as an adult learner it is more effective to not only hear the presentation but be able to follow on with the power point and visually see the key points covered in the material.

I also want to use props in a training topic that I am developing to give the participants a hands-on opportunity to actively learn and create an activity or make-n-take they can take back to their classrooms and use with the children.

I think video clips are effective because it gives the audience someone else to listen to or provides and example of the concept you are teaching.

I have seen this training aid used a lot and it can be beneficial in explaining a particularly difficult concept. I have seen many TED talks during training that help to illustrate a concept.

Jill Stahr (Group Leader) September 7, 2019 at 8:32 pm

1) I think utilizing a Power Point is a great tool in order to keep the presentation organized and on task. I would include activities into the presentation in order to keep attention, focus and engagement at optimal levels. I also appreciate Power point because it is a way to review materials after the fact. This allows for better classroom application.
2) I would use hands on materials and activities in order to illustrate concepts and practice knowledge gained from the material. I

Training Aids
1. I chose “Video Clips” as a training aid that I would use. I think that this is very effective because it can demonstrate specific teaching strategies and practices that teachers can use in the classroom. I think it is helpful to have this type of visual and auditory aid to see how things should look and sound.

2. I would use this type of training aid for a Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) training. CLASS focuses on positive teacher-child interactions. Using videos is a wonderful way for participants to see how questioning is used to develop higher level thinking, or what it looks like to demonstrate a high level of teacher sensitivity or regard for student perspectives.

Angela Brant (Group Leader) September 8, 2019 at 1:47 pm

1) What makes this Training Aid effective? Props are great when you are training on something tangible.

2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer? I would use props in a Family Style Dining training. Having appropriately sized utensils, serving dishes, plates and cups for different age children is much more engaging than looking at a picture of the same objects on a screen.

I will use demonstrations, because this allows me to apply pictures, games, and concepts in different ways, and also use the teachers’ own opinion and experiences.

I think this option helps keep the teachers thinking and relating the training with their own classroom.

What makes this training aid effective?
Video clips are short informative aids for group discussion, supporting aid for research/topics, and very often as an icebreaker, or a brain break (with a humorous clip).

How would you use that training aid in a training that you conduct, or how you have seen it used by another training?
Video clips were used as an icebreaker to introduce the content, and also used to view classroom scenarios for whole/small group discussions.

The training aid I would likely use is a computer/Power Point presentation. I feel that this aid is effective because you can add important information in a printable format that participants can take with them. I enjoy the ability to add pictures and videos in my Powerpoint Presentations to model and show classroom examples directly. Powerpoint makes it easy to do that! I find that the visual nature of the handouts also really helps participants to stay engaged.

Chaelyn (Group Leader) September 9, 2019 at 12:11 pm

What makes this training aid effective?
Hands On Materials: This aid is effective because it allows the participants to be more engaged with whatever topic or point that you are making.

How would you use that training aid in a training that you conduct, or how you have seen it used by another training?
I have seen hands on material used to compare or study something. Also to create things that are on topic.

I love to use flip charts to capture participants’ thinking. Participants can either circulate to charts and record their own thinking in a carousel activity or a co-facilitator can record thinking from conversations. In my experience, participants like to capture photos of these charts so that they can refer back to the information. I’ve also had principals hang the products in common spaces to remind teachers of ideas and content.

I once did a training for a large group on transportation services. We had a lot of written information to share that included regulations, policies, procedures, drill forms, attendance rosters, daily check forms. Instead of running lots of copies, we burned a disc for each director. They were really pleased receiving the disc of information.

A training aid becomes effective when it engages the audience, provides information, and shows individuals a picture or example of the topic being covered. I have found the most effective training aids to be handouts, interactive games (bingo, etc), and pictures.

I chose to use demonstrations as my training aid. I attended a training not too long ago where the trainer used a demonstration to emulate the experience a child with ADHD/sensory disorders might have in a classroom setting. It gave me such a clear understanding of the struggle these students can face and I think that’s why demonstrations are so important. They put things into perspective for the learner.

1) What makes this Training Aid effective? I like to use Power Point for presentations. The beautiful graphics and video clips that can be embedded into the presentation make it interesting to the learners, as well as helping me stay on track with the presentation, moving along at a good pace. I think you can add polls and other interactive features to the presentation as well to help the learners continue to stay engaged.

2) How would you use that Training Aid in a training that you conduct OR how you have seen it used by another trainer? I have seen it used in webinars to be able to do polls in real time. The audience participation is anonymous, so no one feels nervous sharing their views, but you get a feel for the audience’s knowledge in that way.

I believe the video clips provide a change of pace for the participants and gives them a chance to see the content in action. With the wide variety of video clips available, it also gives the participants a “mind break” and a chance to view something entertaining as well as meaningful to the content.

I will most likely use video clips within Power Point presentations. I have seen trainers discuss a concept and then show a video that reinforces what was just taught. Video clips with children discussing the topic or demonstrating something are especially entertaining and informative.

!. I would choose the Power Point. It makes for a good visual aid for the learners and would help keep me on track.
2.I have seen a lot of Power Point Presentations and there are so many ways to incorporate video clips, photos and graphs, as well as games. Every presentation is different and can be adjusted to fit the diversity of the learners.

1) I think a PowerPoint is very effective training tool. You can include words, pictures, video, music, graphs, and it can also be interactive as well. It has a lot of versatility and can be utilized in addressing different types of learning.
2) I’ve use a PowerPoint as a tool to evoke feelings and a sense of inspiration for a Women’sHistory month. I’ve seen it used many different ways but I like it when teachers use it for polls. I think you obtain a more accurate polling when it is anonymous.

1) I would use Power Points as way to establish an effective training.
2) Trainers can embed links, videos, forms, photos, and vital information about the topic being discussed. Power Points also allow for trainers to embed flip charts, timers, and music which would grab attention of trainees.

1. What makes this training aid effective?
I would use a Power Point presentation with video/audio clips embedded in it. Power Point slides help with the organization, sequencing and transition of topics. Video clips give participants the opportunity to see the topic/skill in action

2. How would you use this training aid in a training that you conduct or how have you seen it used by another trainer?
I have seen these training aids used frequently in trainings. I would also utilize them to help with the organization of my presentation and to keep participants engaged.

Video Clips
I like to use video clips because it changes the style of presentation, it captures interest from the audience and it can give an emotional content to the information.

I would use video to provide a balance between direct lecture and media use. I would have a set of questions to respond to after the clip but first would review questions watch the video and would repeat it again if needed. I would make sure is was short!

I would use handouts because participants can use these over and over for themselves and to train new staff

What makes this training aid effective ?
I would use my absolute favorite (Power Point Presentation) with both video/audio clips displaying pictures for visual learners
How would you use this training aid in a training that you conduct or how have you seen it used by another trainer?
In my experience mainly college days I’ve viewed a lot of training in which the audience or participants were completely engaged due to the presentation of knowledge that was presented to them in a organized and level appropriate way.

I enjoy using power point or prezi as a training aid. I am mindful to keep the slides colorful, brief and they serve only as a visual touch point for the participants, but also as a cheat sheet or note for me as the facilitator. It helps me stay engaged with eye contact and movement around the room, making me feel more in touch with the trainees. I can also imbed videos or sound clips when appropriate to help with diverse learning styles.

Video Clips would probably be my most used training aid to the fact that they are usually easy to find, easy to share and follow. You tube and social media is a great resource and mostly everyone has access to it for future reference.

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