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  • 1. Vibrant Visual RepresentationsICTENSW Workshop, May 14th 2012Alexander Wharton |awha2109@uni.sydney.edu.au | @whartonag
  • 2. Workshop Outline Rationale Tool 1: Tagxedo Tool 2: BigHugeLabs Other tools to try… Tool 3: Glogster Conclusion References
  • 3. 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”.
  • 4. Tool 1: Tagxedo http://www.tagxedo.com/ (DEC Unblocked) More dynamic and flexible than wordle Pre-reading, vocabulary, symbolism, representation
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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)
  • 7. 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/
  • 8. Glogster student samples Teaching reading path (swimming) http://www.glogster.com/scotty2hotty1609/poster- glog-by-scotty2hotty1609/g-6li4arrve39ak7c6u4co5a0 Marketing (love) http://www.glogster.com/dbryant97/daisy-xxx- cupid/g-6li4b3vas69olklle9dkfa0 Representation (boxing) http://www.glogster.com/joshuamoschetto/wide-glog- by-joshuamoschetto/g-6li4ajqdh745tc6taavfna0 Persuasion http://www.glogster.com/charlytilsley/acting-is-the- key-of-life/g-6lhu4knqk16uusg7j3lk7a0
  • 9. Edu.glogster continued1. Sign in top right >>>>2. Register for single free >3. Enter your details >>>>>>4. Create new glog5. E-mail confirmation sent
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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).

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