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BC: Spring 2011

FC: Kaitlin Helstrom TE 402 Language Arts | Visual | Literacy

2: Visual literacy is the ability to interpret information presented in the form of an image.

3: What is visual literacy? | “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

4: Anna Garcia | Examples of Visual Literacy

5: Visual literacy is symbols

6: Visual literacy is logos

8: Visual literacy is photographs

10: Visual literacy is maps

11: Visual literacy is graphs and charts

12: Visual literacy is gestures

13: Visual literacy is advertisements

14: in the car, and | along the road, | on the bus... | at school, | In other words... | ...images that we see every day: | on the interstate, | at a rest stop, | at the mall, | on the TV, on a billboard,

15: ...speak to us!!!

16: VTS | Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a research-based teaching method that improves critical thinking and language skills through discussions of visual images. | "To build a society that is innovative, prosperous, and truly democratic we need to teach next generations not just facts and skills, but how to learn, how to communicate, and how to think creatively, critically, independently." -- Philip Yenawine, VTS Co-Founder

18: Why VTS? | VTS is an effective method because it encourages participation and self-confidence, especially among students who struggle, and is easy to learn and offers a proven strategy for educators to meet current learning objectives. | "Students learn to look carefully at works of art and discuss their observations, supporting their opinions with evidence in the art works. Teachers transfer the questioning strategies to subject areas and students become more careful observers, more attentive listeners and more thoughtful speakers." -- Arts for Academic Achievement, VTS partner

20: Comprehending Images: a two-step process | Visual Encoding | Expressing thoughts and ideas in visual form | Visual Decoding | Translating and understanding the meaning of visual imagery | Teachers can help foster these processes by teaching students how to ask questions, collaborate with others, analyze concepts of print, and think outside of the box.

21: Essentially, visual literacy comprehension is the ability to use visual literacy as a means of communication, or encoding. It is also the ability to make meaning from images and interpret their message, or decoding.

22: Visual literacy is: -- a wide variety of types of images -- expressing thoughts visually -- making meaning from images | Summary of Visual Literacy | Visual literacy: -- fosters literacy development -- linked to other literacies (reading, writing, etc.) -- accommodates to many types of learners and styles of learning

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