The need for visual literacy in the classroom

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The need for visual literacy in the classroom

  1. 1. The Need For Visual Literacy in the Classroom By: Jennifer R Gillen
  2. 2. What is Visual Literacy?  Visual Literacy is the ability to understand or learn about a subject through an image.  The students can see an image or picture and be able to interpret it’s meaning.  Literacy is learning through words, where visual literacy is learning with a picture.
  3. 3. Examples of Visual Literacy
  4. 4. Examples of Visual Literacy
  5. 5. About the Examples:  By looking at the picture, a student can understand the concept of how much.  Pie charts are a great way to teach children the concept of percentages and math because they can visually see what a percent is.  A pie chart can visually explain a percentage.
  6. 6. This Power Point is Visual Literacy  This power point itself is an example of visual literacy.  The power point program is used in classrooms and offices around the world.  Power Point can show its viewers concepts with pictures and words.
  7. 7. Articles and research about visual literacy  Susan Stokes from Troy State University wrote that “Research reported in educational literature suggests that using visuals in teaching results in a greater degree of learning.”  She also wrote that “As studies show success in thinking and learning visually instead of or in addition to traditional lectures and verbal description, a shift in technique is required. Students need to learn visually and teachers need to learn to teach visually.”
  8. 8. Research on visual literacy  Stokes also wrote that “Mayer, Bove, Bryman, Mars, and Tapangco (1996) compared the use of a multimedia summary comprised of a sequence of annotated illustrations depicting the steps in a process, with a 600-word text summary of the process. Also compared were the multimedia summary plus different amounts of text in knowledge retention and transfer. Results suggest that the multimedia summary is more effective than the verbal summary, and that the multimedia summary alone is more effective when it contains a small amount of text rather than a large amount of text. Their
  9. 9. Today’s standards require students to be visually literate.  The Association of College and Research Libraries wrote that “Today's society is highly visual, and visual imagery is no longer supplemental to other forms of information. New digital technologies have made it possible for almost anyone to create and share visual media. Yet the pervasiveness of images and visual media does not necessarily mean that individuals are able to critically view, use, and produce visual content. Individuals must develop these essential skills in order to engage capably in a visually-oriented society.”
  10. 10. Students need visual skills.  ACRL also wrote that “Visual literacy skills equip a learner to understand and analyze the contextual, cultural, ethical, aesthetic, int ellectual, and technical components involved in the production and use of visual materials. A visually literate individual is both a critical consumer of visual media and a competent contributor to a body of shared knowledge and culture.”
  11. 11. Conclusion  Students need to be able to learn visually. They need to be able to interpret what a picture actually represents.  Visually literacy usually comes natural for most students.  Students also need to be able to create their own visual media in order to explain their thoughts to others.  Visual literacy is needed in the classroom because students learn and retain more information if they see the picture.
  12. 12. Works Cited Association of College and Research libraries.(2011). ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Retrieved October 22, 2013, http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/visual literacy Stokes, Susan. Visual Literacy in Teaching and Learning. Retrieved October 22, 2013, from www.ejite.isu/volume1number1/pdfs/stakes.pdf
  13. 13. Pictures Cited: www.blogspot.stratepedia.org www.rbsp.us http://media-cacheec0.pinimg.com/736x/15/92/5e/15925e8c786580f c08e3ce45d4fcc041.jpg http://ww2.valdosta.edu/~bscolquitt/favfruitgraph.jpg www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart
  14. 14. Visual Literacy  A doctor will usually draw a diagram of an organ when he is trying to explain a problem to a patient. This visual picture helps the patient to understand what the issues are.
  15. 15. Statistics  A graph is an excellent form of visual literacy.  It enables the viewer to understand visually what amount is higher for a certain group.
  16. 16. This picture shows in an instant where the people are at the zoo.  The picture say many things.  The location of the family.  There are elephants at the zoo.  The people are in a zoo. Etc…..

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