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Visual Literacy. Heather Roots. What is it?. The ability to observe, interpret, and comprehend the meaning of visual images. Why it is important. Our world has more informational images than ever before. Images can be easily understood for different ages and language skills. Why bother?.

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visual literacy

Visual Literacy

Heather Roots

Heather Roots

what is it
What is it?

The ability to observe, interpret, and comprehend the meaning of visual images.

Heather Roots

why it is important
Why it is important

Our world has more informational images than ever before.

Images can be easily understood for different ages and language skills.

Heather Roots

why bother
Why bother?

A variety of materials are readily available

Inexpensive

Engaging

Especially helpful for visual learners

Heather Roots

what value do they add
What value do they add?

Visuals can provide a meaningful reference for ideas

Can be motivating for students

Can help recall prior learning

Heather Roots

how can visuals be designed to influence student learning
How can visuals be designed to influence student learning? 
  • Arrangement – establish an underlying pattern
  • Balance – a psychological sense of equilibrium
  • Color – use harmoniousness colors
  • Appeal – captures and holds the viewers attention
  • Legibility– insure that all views can see the words and images
  • Universal design – accommodates learners with a variety of learning levels, including disabilities and special talents

Heather Roots

what are two general approaches that you may use to teach visual literacy
What are two general approaches that you may use to teach visual literacy

Decoding

The ability to “read” visuals proficiently by practicing visual analysis skills

Encoding

The ability to “write” visuals to express themselves and communicate with others

Heather Roots

types of visuals
Types of Visuals

Graphs – a line graph showing the increase in population

Posters – demonstrate proper handwashing

Cartoons – a dinosaur in a storybook

  • Pictures – a photograph of a person, place or thing
  • Drawings – a sketch of an apple
  • Charts – a food pyramid

Heather Roots

when could you use presentation software
When could you use presentation software?

To provide a basic outline for a lesson

To show pictures, graphs, tables and charts

Heather Roots

what are the qualities of an essential question
What are the qualities of an essential question? 

Cannot be answered with a yes or no

Asks something of importance

Encourages critical thinking

Heather Roots