Over time the methods or teaching and the actual teaching materials have tend to evolve day in day out. This is as a result of educators trying to by all means to deliver teaching simply but also to cater for those learners with special needs. In addition to that the rapid growth on technology has resulted in a lot of these changes were a teaching is not necessarily needed to stand in a classroom to teach. But with the internet, a lot has changed where it is not needed for the teacher and the learner to be in one room for teaching to take place. In addition to that instructional materials have also been incorporated in the learning process . Given are the merits of using instructional materials I teaching.
To begin with, it tends to motivate the learner. The teaching approach of using word of mouth to pass information at times is too boring for the learners. Furthermore, assuming the learners is bored they will lose concentration where they are going to lose motivation and even most of them will switch to something else like even sleeping. But with the application of instructional materials, it is going to capture the attention of the learner where they are going to fully concentrate in the lesson hence motivated to learn more.
The second benefit of instructional materials is that it summarizes information. Often then note a topic that could have been taught in a couple of hours may be taught is just minutes by the application of instructional materials. For instance, if you are looking to describing a procedure you are going to have it in a chart where the learners are going to have a drawing representation of it in one picture rather than having it in a thousand and one words less time is going to be used in the process.
Thirdly, instructional materials is going to boost the continuity of thought. Many at times teaching by word of mouth comes with a lot of disadvantages where when the teachers finished explaining one step and moves to the next most of the learners tend to have forgotten the previous point. But by the use of visual representation instructional materials have tried to prevent this from happening. This is because motion pictures tends to stick to the brain more.
On the other hand, instructional tends to present matters in a symbolic form. With teaching by the word of mouth the learner will always try to picture the image in their mind which often might not be correct but with instructional materials, they can see it. In conclusion, given below are advantages of instructional materials.