Thursday, October 6, 2011

Visual Literacy


Visual literacy can play a vital role in any classroom for a variety of reasons. In 21 Century classrooms, students have come to expect a richer and more engaging experience than in years passed. Without quality, meaningful, pertinent images to explain complex ideas and concepts beyond the realm of a single spoken language, much is lost in the teaching process.
When discussing the idea of visual literacy in modern classrooms, rarely is the question “if,” but “how?” Teachers should focus on the process and delivery of these images with much thought and consideration.
Example:
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Common mistakes include:
-Images with too small a pixel size
-Images with copyright protection (plagiarism)
-Having too many, or images that distract from content.
For more information about quality presentations see: 

If you would like to save yourself the trouble of finding the images described above, start thinking about web 2.0 tools. Many times, teachers can stream content from the web to be used in whole group instruction on IWBs or interactive projectors! Teachers can also email, IM, or handout links to fun and academic websites for individual and small group instruction… With a little digging, teachers can find quality content for any grade and subject.
For more information on great web 2.0 resources check out my Delicious: