Workshop Outline Rationale Tool 1: Tagxedo Tool 2: BigHugeLabs Other tools to try… Tool 3: Glogster Conclusion References
Rationale Until recently, written language had been the most highly valued form of communication in our education system. Now as the written word continues to evolve, emphasis on multimodal texts (spoken, aural, visual, written) continues to be given a bigger voice in curriculum (DEEWR, 2009). Students who are “visually literate”, live with visual texts and need to understand the technical skills to manipulate text, image, and color; but they also need to understand how these elements work together to create meaning (Callow, 2003). In a single day, a young person can view up to 5,000 visual messages (Story, 2007) Researchers from Ohio University in 2011 reported that using visuals in teaching results in a “greater degree of learning”.
Tool 1: Tagxedo http://www.tagxedo.com/ (DEC Unblocked) More dynamic and flexible than wordle Pre-reading, vocabulary, symbolism, representation
Tool 2: Big Huge Labs http://bighugelabs.com/ (DEC Yr 9+) Popart, puzzles, magazine covers, captions and other special effects for photographs and images Student image manipulation, presentation content
Other tools to try….Gliffy.com – floor plans, flow charts, venn etc. (DEC Unblocked)Pinterest.com – online pinboard of interests (DEC staff)Quickmeme.com – create internet memes (DEC staff)Easel.ly – create infographics (DEC Unblocked)
Tool 3: (Edu)Glogster edu.glogster.com (DEC Unblocked) Student tool AND/OR presentation strategy Some exemplars from the gloglopedia… Poster http://glogsteredu.edu.glogster.com/go-green-initiative-eart Overview http://englishtips.edu.glogster.com/modules/ Guided activities http://rheeter.edu.glogster.com/the-hobbit/ Presentation http://ndonn.edu.glogster.com/titanic/
Edu.glogster continued1. Sign in top right >>>>2. Register for single free >3. Enter your details >>>>>>4. Create new glog5. E-mail confirmation sent
Glogging task You are required to create your own glog on an interest area of your choice… Start off by choosing a wall Then add some graphics, text/s and some image/s In doing this, aim for some consistency in your overall design Practical implications 2 period creation time Technical difficulties means students can draft/plan Study skills and revision Representing and organising ideas/concepts in new and dynamic ways
Conclusion“[Modeling] visual texts is not just important, its absolutely critical. Its going to make the difference between whether kids are a tool of the mass media or whether the mass media is a tool for kids to use.”Linda Ellerbee, Nickelodeon TV Host“We must prepare young people for living in a world of powerful images, words and sounds.” UNESCO, 1982
References Callow, J. (2003). Talking about visual texts with students. Reading Online, 6(8). CEO. (2002). http://www.ceosyd.catholic.edu.au/Parents/Curriculum/Do cuments/guide-visualliteracy.pdf DEEWR. (2009). http://www.deewr.gov.au/Youth/OfficeForYouth/ Documents/EffectiveCommunication.pdf Ohio University (2011). http://ocio.osu.edu/elearning/toolbox/brief/visual- information/7-things-you-should-know-about-visual- information/ Story, L. (2007).