"We live in a visual world. Smartphones, television, Internet, and social media all push information in real-time, all the time. Visual media bombard us in constant streams. Learners of every age, therefore, need to understand how to analyze pictorial information. This skill of parsing images, interpreting pictures, and decoding diagrams is known as graphicacy."
The whole field of visual literacy and interpretation has exploded in the last 25 years. It is time to recognize its value and teach our students not only the ability to decipher and interpret them, but to create them as well.
There’s a ton of buzz in the education world about how dwindling school budgets and pressure to improve test scores are taking time away from recess and physical education so that students can spend more time in the classroom. Despite more time in the classroom sounding like something that would drive academic performance, research shows …
If you're a new teacher or someone looking to get a firmer understanding of what standards based instruction involves (or even is, for that matter) then this visual guide is packed with useful information.
Nancy Jones's insight:
Great for the visual learner and a good post to keep available as a reminder.
I love the power of the visual and the challenge it presents for students to think and convey information this way. Most likely, they will be able to show me more than I can ever share with them for a classroom partnership.
"Parents are famous for their ability to reminisce about days gone by. It always starts the same way, “Back when I was your age, we used to walk 10 miles to school barefoot—in the snow.” Or, “I remember when school lunch cost a nickel.”
Thanks to the integration of technology, schools, and classrooms in particular, have changed so dramatically in recent years that some parents might not even recognize them. It’s a classic case of old school versus new school."
But before you blindly jump on the infographics bandwagon and splatter your course with these visuals, make sure that you stock up on information about how they work and when to use them.
Nancy Jones's insight:
Some great guidelines for creating infographics in the classroom. Seems akin , in a way, to a research paper in terms of the steps one should taking before getting to the creation part. In addition, allows the opportunity for students to look more deeply and thoughtfully for images to convey their messages.
People are innately wired to avoid risk. During times of times of change and uncertainty, our risk aversion is amplified. Yet the number one way to gaining competitive edge is by creating a culture where people feel safe and emboldened to innovate and challenge the status quo thinking. The first key to creating a 'culture of courage' is leading from possibility, not probability.
This is a great visual representation of the power and learning opportunities of mistakes. The parent population needs to realize that greater and deeper understanding comes from making and correcting mistakes than memorizing merely to get the reward of a grade.
As the density of visual information increases, consider introducing your students to infographics as a means of more thoughtfully engaging with and creating written content.
Nancy Jones's insight:
I am fascinated by infographics, and have been since USA Today started using them regularly. it is not only a totally different skill to interpret them visually, a strength for todays learners, but also a great skill to think more deeply about sharing information.
Infographics are modern, written artifacts about collected resources in a dynamic, visual format. Infographics should be viewed as complex, standalone texts, not simply a text feature or graphic element.
"How important do you think it is for teachers to use educational technologies in the classroom? During this school year, how often do you or your students use [insert type of educational technology] in your classroom? What are the biggest challenges to integrating educational technologies in schools?
These were some of the questions asked in a national online survey of teachers and administrators, conducted for Common Sense Media's Graphite by Harris Interactive in May 2013. And here are some of the answers from the survey."
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