Article | Low-cost Teaching Aids

In the micro innovations article published this week (MI | Learning Phonics on Mobile Phones) , we featured Sadaf, an elementary school teacher, who used her cell phone as a multimedia device to teach Phonics to students in a low-income school. Very often, when we say “innovative teaching aids” people begin to think of technology and devices. It’s because technology has helped bring a whole bunch of innovative teaching aids to schools, that can help change the teaching and learning experience for the better. But, the reality is that a large, very large percentage of schools across the world may still not be able to afford technology-driven solutions. Thus, students enrolled in such schools often miss out on the benefits of “innovative teaching aids”, until a person like Sadaf comes along, who devises an innovative idea while operating in a highly-constrained environment.

In this article we share resources that explain how teachers can build low-cost teaching aids and create an engaging and immersive learning experience for their students. These resources are simple, use every day material, and can be easily used by teachers across all schools.

Resource: Low-cost Educational Materials [PDF]: This resource guide created by UNESCO lists 150 low-cost teaching aids. Each aid is explained with a step-by-step procedure and supported with diagrams to aid understanding.

Resource: How to Develop and Produce Simple Learning Materials with Limited Resources at Community Level [PDF]: In this resource guide, Mr. Sharad Ranjit, Assistant Communication and Information Officer, UNICEF Kathmandu, Nepal explains what factors teachers should consider when they creating teaching aids. He explains some basic techniques for creating visual aids and explains how teachers can use skills of local community members when building teaching aids.

Resource: LOW-COST, NO-COST TEACHING AIDS [PDF]: This resource guide by Mary Ann Dasgupta, is a practical guide for Balwadi, Anganwadi, Nursery, Kindergarten and Primary teachers. The guide lists and describes teaching aids and games that teachers can use in class.

Resource: School Kits by NCERT: The NCERT has created low-cost kits that teachers can use in class, the resource describes the kits and provides details on how schools can avail of the same.

Video: Developing and Teaching with Creative, Low-Cost Resources, Ghana: This video by Sesame Street Global Education, explains how everyday materials can be used to create simple teaching aids.

Video: Play to Learn: This video showcases how simple board games can be created from everyday material, and can be used as teaching aids.

Video: Teaching your kid(s) to count money/ DIY board game: This video demonstrates how you can create a board game to teach concepts of money.

Video: How to teach Hydrogen Bonding: Brian Gray demonstrates the concept of hydrogen bonding using everyday material.

Do you use low-cost material to create teaching aids? Do you know teachers who are using low-cost material to innovate the way they teach? Do write to us via the Contact Us page, and we will be happy to feature your innovations.

Kanchan Shine

Kanchan Shine

Passionate about everything related to education. I believe that the best kind of learning happens through play, experiments and fun! I love watching how children learn and love to implement play-based, hands-on teaching approaches. I get my thrill by planning activities for my children (6 yo girl & 3 yo boy) and watching them learn while having fun!

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