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New Literacies Project

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BC: Let us realize that the privilege to learn is a gift, that power to learn is a blessing, that love of learning is success. - David O. McKay

FC: Kelly Hauser TE 402 New Literacies Project Literacy:Visual Literacy Technology:Scrapblog | March 28, 2011

1: "Visual Literacy refers to a group of vision-competencies a human being can develop by seeing and at the same time having and integrating other sensory experiences. The development of these competencies is fundamental to normal human learning. When developed, they enable a visually literate person to discriminate and interpret the visible actions, objects, symbols, natural or man-made, that he encounters in his environment. Through the creative use of these competencies, he is able to communicate with others. Through the appreciative use of these competencies, he is able to comprehend and enjoy the masterworks of visual communication." | John Debes coined the term visual literacy in 1969.

2: Josh Hammon | Anna Garcia | Visual Literacy Definitions | "The ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image. Visual literacy is based on the idea that pictures can be “read” and that meaning can be communicated through a process of reading." | "The ability to look at visual information with perception. A visually literate person understands how visual elements contribute to the meaning of the whole." | "Interpret and use design elements of visual texts to gain an understanding."

3: Visual Communication: Constructing meaning from images. | Pictures in books | Signs | Graphs & Charts

4: Photography | Characters | Monuments | Dance | Logos | Visual Communication is EVERYWHERE!

5: "Visual literacy is what is seen with the eye and what is 'seen' with the mind. A visual literate person should be able to read and write visual language. This includes the ability to successfully decode and encode visual communication." Adobe | Blueprints | Hair | Mascots | Street Signs

6: Meaning: Women and Men Restroom | Visual Decoding: Making meaning from images.

7: Message: I Love You! | Visual Encoding: Making messages into images.

8: To be visually literate: | A person must: *Understand the subject matter being conveyed in images. *Analyse and interpret images to gain meaning within culture and social context. *Analyse the images style and technique. *Analyse the composition of the work. *Evaluate the aesthetic merit. *Evaluate the image in terms of author and audience. *Create an understanding of the feeling meant from the image.

9: When looking at the following pages think about how you're analysing and interpreting the images. Both pages are about Pitbulls, but convey two different messages.

10: It is NOT the breed!

11: City Ordinance Passed!

12: After looking at the previous two examples I believe it's fair to say it's AMAZING how images can convey messages. That is why it is so important to make sure students are becoming 'visually literate'.

13: Images are in all curricular domains!

14: Why Teach Visual Literacy? *With a fast pace society images are becoming one of the main means of communication. *Enhance Critical Thinking *Perception *Vocabulary *Problem Solving Skills *Aesthetic Experience/Knowledge

15: How to Teach Visual Literacy: | Expose children to visual software..Adobe, Photoshope etc. | Expose children to a variety of images! | Point out visual images in the classroom: *Book/CD Covers *Clothing Care Tags *Cards | Explain the importance of images in history and other curricular domains.

16: Teach Children to Ask Themselves: Issues-What is the image showing? Information-Where did the image come from? Who-What culture or society is represented in the image? Persuasion-What is the author trying to make you believe? Assumptions-What do you already know about the message in the image?

17: Using visual teaching strategies has been proven to help teach children with disabilities. | Visual teaching strategies are used regularly in early childhood education.

19: Visual literacy can be incorporated into all curricular domains, therefore not taking up a teacher's packed daily schedule. The challenging part is going outside of ones comfort zone and incorporating new things.

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