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Digital Literacy Conference

  1. 1. Connecting Visual Literacy with Traditional Literacy Grades K – 8 Meg Griffin PAWLP Fellow Fourth Grade Teacher CBSD
  2. 2. What are your thoughts on visual literacy? • Go here to share YOUR thought •
  3. 3. Tradition Literacy Is…… • "... the integration of listening, speaking, reading, writing and critical thinking. • It includes a cultural knowledge which enables a speaker, writer or reader to recognize and use language appropriate to different social situations. The National Secretariat for the International Year of Literacy, 1990.
  4. 4. Tradition Literacy Is…… • ... the making of meaning and its clear communication to others. • Truly literate people not only read and write, but regularly do so in order to sort out their ideas • Truly literate people are thinkers and learners." Brown & Mathie, 1990
  5. 5. Tradition Literacy Is…… • "... the foundation of effective citizenship, human communication and social integration in a literate society. • Literacy is the foundation of learning in all areas of the curriculum." Holdaway, 1979
  6. 6. Tradition Literacy Is…… • Reading • Writing • Viewing • Listening • Speaking • Understanding • The online environment is increasingly a visual environment • Interpretation of visuals is the most subjective
  7. 7. Visual Literacy is… • the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image, extending the meaning of literacy
  8. 8. Visual Literacy is… • “is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media.“ • The Association of College and Research Libraries Image Resources Interest Group
  9. 9. Question ?? • "If students aren't taught the language of sound and images, shouldn't they be considered as illiterate as if they left college without being able to read or write?" • YOUR thoughts Film maker George Lucas, quoted in Edutopia
  10. 10. Programs to integrate Visual Literacy with Traditional Literacy • VoiceThread • Animoto • PhotoStory • Moviemaker • Wordle, Tagxedo • Big Huge Labs
  11. 11. • VoiceThread allows you to create an interactive slideshow using pictures, videos, documents, or even Powerpoint presentations. You or your students can record video/audio that allows you to describe each slide in more detail. But that’s not all…Viewers of your VoiceThreads can leave responses and comments to your VoiceThread. This tool is excellent for supporting writing workshop. I have seen it used for publishing a class poetry book, students created informational texts that they narrated, and one first grade class published their interactive writing about a class field trip to the zoo. VoiceThread makes it really easy to share published works with families!
  12. 12. Sample VoiceThread •
  13. 13. • Animoto For Education is a Web 2.0 tool that allows teachers and students to create impressive and unique digital stories and presentations (incorporating images, video clips, music and text) quickly and easily. Animoto is a wonderful tool for students because it allows them to focus on content creation rather than trying to learn an editing or manipulation tool. In the school context, Animoto For Education is ideal tool for students to create their own booktrailers, digital stories or music videos.
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  15. 15. • Wordle creates a “word cloud” that helps to interpret the meaning of the words by assigning font size according to how frequently the word appears in a text or is typed into the Wordle text box. We have used Wordle for brainstorming and as a reflection tool at the end of a professional development session.
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  17. 17. Windows Moviemaker • Use photos and sound (music or voice) to create a movie.
  18. 18. Windows Photostory
  19. 19. BigHugeLabs
  20. 20. Tagxedo
  21. 21. Where to Find Images • Google Images • FLICKR • Digital Cameras • Cell Phones
  22. 22. FLICKR • Spell with FLICKR • Tags • 6 word stories
  23. 23. Google Images
  24. 24. Meg Griffirn Class website Old class website Professional website Class Blog Twitter @megbg76