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  • Note Card: Name, School Grade/Subject Personal Goal for class What media/visual product/project do you want to know more about? PowerPoint? Inspiration? Photostory? Moviemaker? Other?
  • Look at the attributes on the right. These are the critical attributes of a 21 st Century worker and citizen. These need to form the foundation a 21 st Century education.
  • When you see the terms “21st Century Skills” and “Visual Literacy”, you will often see “ICT Literacy” coupled with them. ICT is “Information and Communications Technology Literacy.
  • So how is ICT Literacy (Information and communication technology literacy different from Technology Literacy?
  • enGauge handout Groups….what does this look like in the classroom? AT your grade level/subject? What should this look like?
  • Why are 21 st Century Skills so critical? Twenty-first century skills combining technology literacy, critical thinking, creativity and mastery of core subject matter are the lifeblood of a productive workforce in today's global, knowledge-based economy
  • Why are 21 st Century Skills so critical? Twenty-first century skills combining technology literacy, critical thinking, creativity and mastery of core subject matter are the lifeblood of a productive workforce in today's global, knowledge-based economy
  • The U.S. ranks 7 th of the G8 countries in 10 th grade math and problem solving. The U.S. also ranked below average on all of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) measured areas in 2000. These rankings worsened in 2003, except for reading which remained flat. (Note: PISA measured “problem solving” for the first time in 2003). PISA looks at the results for roughly 15-year-old students as a measure of the output of primary and secondary schools. That age is chosen because many systems begin to move students to “higher and further” education schools and colleges at age 16. PISA which is internationally sponsored by the OECD is tracking with the U.S. sponsored Trends in International Mathematics and Science (TIMSS), that also shows the U.S. slipping or just treading water relative to the countries surveyed. TIMSS measures performance at fourth and eighth grades. Finally, the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) is a U.S. specific measure at fourth, eighth, and twelfth grades. The NAEP began in 1990 in response to the 1983 report entitled, A Nation at Risk, that highlighted the bourgeoning gap between U.S. students and those of competitive countries. U.S. students have shown very modest improvement under NAEP, though it has been labeled as “too easy” by critics. More importantly, since NAEP performance has begun to influence federal funding of schools, it has influenced teaching practice to the point where science is all but excluded from K–8 curriculums, as it only tests reading and math. This in turn has led teaching colleges to essentially drop science from the preparation of teachers looking to teach in elementary grades. The are fewer and fewer jobs for science teachers at those grades despite ongoing shortages at the high school level.
  • Why are 21 st Century Skills so critical? Twenty-first century skills combining technology literacy, critical thinking, creativity and mastery of core subject matter are the lifeblood of a productive workforce in today's global, knowledge-based economy
  • Why are 21 st Century Skills so critical? Twenty-first century skills combining technology literacy, critical thinking, creativity and mastery of core subject matter are the lifeblood of a productive workforce in today's global, knowledge-based economy
  • Ask folks to raise their hands Ask psychometricians what percentage of the room raised their hands
  • Ask folks to guess Put up their answer
  • 21 st Century Jobs Require 21 st Century Skills
  • Our current assessment model focuses on core subjects Think about how AYP is measured….
  • Groups….how does this framework affect how you teach (not just WHAT you teach)?
  • Well, every visual literacist his his/her own definition of visual literacy. What do you all think visual literacy is? Define
  • Think about this from the classroom perspective. A middle or high school student doing a project such as this…..locally of course….what academic implications do we see?
  • Academic/instructional implications?
  • discussion
  • Go to Vis Lit Chapter from Book; Break into groups and design, and share…

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  • 1. Visual Literacy and 21st Century Skills Margo Sickele
  • 2.  
  • 3. "Twenty-first century skills combining technology literacy, critical thinking, creativity and mastery of core subject matter are the lifeblood of a productive workforce in today's global, knowledge-based economy.” Susan D. Patrick Director of Educational Technology U.S. Department of Education 21 st Century Skills
  • 4. 21 st Century Content & Learning Skills
    • 21 st Century Content
    • Global Awareness
    • Civic Engagement
    • Business, Financial &
    • Economic Literacy
    • 21 st Century Learning Skills
    • Critical Thinking
    • Problem Solving
    • Communication
    • Collaboration
    • Creativity
    • Self-Directed Learning
    • Information & Media Literacy
    • Accountability & Adaptability
    • Social Responsibility
  • 5. What is ICT Literacy? Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Literacy is the ability to “use technology and communications tools to access, manage, integrate, evaluate and create information in order to function in a knowledge society” - 2001 Report of the International ICT Literacy Panel
  • 6. Our Vision and Framework: Tech Literacy Competency In Technology ICT Literacy Competency in 21 st Century Skills through the use of Technology ICT Literacy
  • 7. So What Are “21st Century Skills”?
    • Digital-Age Literacy
    • Basic, scientific, economic, and technological literacies
    • Visual and information literacies
    • Multicultural literacy and global awareness
    • Inventive Thinking
    • Adaptability and managing
    • Self-direction
    • Curiosity, creativity, and risk taking
    • Higher-order thinking and sound reasoning
    • Effective Communication
    • Teaming, collaboration, and interpersonal skills
    • Personal, social, and civic responsibility
    • Interactive communication
    • High Productivity
    • Prioritizing, planning, and managing for results
    • Effective use of real-world tools
    • Ability to produce relevant, high-quality products
    Each skill cluster is further broken down into representative skill sets, which offer guidance on recognizing student performance in developing the enGauge 21st Century Skills.
  • 8. Why are 21 st Century Skills so Critical? 5 Reasons 21 st Century Skills
  • 9.
    • 1. We need our students to become effective 21 st Century Citizens .
    21 st Century Skills
  • 10. 2. The U.S. is falling behind. 21 st Century Skills
  • 11. Source: PISA, 2000, 2003 Courtesy of Cisco Systems 2000 2000 2000 2003 2003 2003 2003 OECD Ranking Ranking of countries: 10 th grade math & problem solving Math Science Reading Problem Solving 24 th 18 th 24 th 14 th 18 th 15 th 15 th 21 st Century Skills 30th 25th 20th 15th 10th 5th 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
  • 12. 3. The magnitude of our competition is changing. 21 st Century Skills
  • 13. 4. The nature of work is changing. 21 st Century Skills
  • 14. How many of your Parents & Grandparents had only one or two jobs in their lifetimes? 21 st Century Skills
  • 15. How many jobs will a young person have today between age 18-38? … 10.2 jobs 21 st Century Skills
  • 16. 20 th Century 21 st Century 1 – 2 Jobs 10 – 15 Jobs Flexibility And Adaptability Integration of 21 st Century Skills into Subject Matter Mastery Mastery of One Field Subject Matter Mastery Number of Jobs: Job Requirement : Teaching Model: Subject Matter Mastery Integration of 21 st Century Skills into Subject Matter Mastery Assessment Model: 21 st Century Skills
  • 17. 5. To help all children reach higher levels of academic achievement. 21 st Century Skills
  • 18. What is the Framework for 21 st Century Skills?
  • 19. 20 th Century Education Model 21 st Century Skills Framework
  • 20. 21 st Century Skills Framework
  • 21. Visual Literacy
    • What is Visual Literacy?
    • The term “Visual Literacy” was first coined in 1969 by John Debes, one of the most important figures in the history of IVLA. Debes’ offered (1969b, 27) the following definition of the term:
    • IVLA: International Visual Literacy Association
  • 22. Visual Literacy
    • “ Visual Literacy refers to a group of vision-competencies a human being can develop by seeing and at the same time having and integrating other sensory experiences. The development of these competencies is fundamental to normal human learning. When developed, they enable a visually literate person to discriminate and interpret the visible actions, objects, symbols, natural or man-made, that he encounters in his environment. Through the creative use of these competencies, he is able to communicate with others. Through the appreciative use of these competencies, he is able to comprehend and enjoy the masterworks of visual communication.”
    • IVLA: International Visual Literacy Association
  • 23. Visual Literacy
    • What is Visual Literacy
    • (in more practical terms)
    • http://k-8visual.info/whatis_Text.html
  • 24. Why Visual Literacy?
    • Being visually literate is just as important as reading and writing and should be considered a fundamental literacy of a 21st Century education
  • 25. Visual Communication
    • There is a biological basis for visual communication.
    • The auditory nerve transmits sound to the brain and is composed of about 30,000 fibers. Contrast that with the optic nerve which sends visual signals to the brain through 1 million fibers (Burmark 2002).
    • Basically, you’ve got a dial-up connection from the ear to the brain and broadband from the eye to the brain.
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 26. Emotion, depicted through visual means, sells the message
    • Digital storytelling, when done right, can be such a powerful learning experience. Anyone that has recently seen 4 Generations: The Water Buffalo Movie can attest to that. http://t2.com/waterbuffalo/watch/water_buffalo_qt_hi.html
    • How many of you wanted to pony up $250 after viewing that?
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 27. Emotion, depicted through visual means, sells the message
    • View recent video obituary (called the Final Word) of Art Buchwald at the New York Times where he says “Hi, I’m Art Buchwald and I just died” and they go on to tell his life story. Bizarre, yet powerful because of the intersection of emotion and medium
    • http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/khtml/2007/01/18/obituaries/20070118_BUCHWALD_FEATURE.html
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 28. The most powerful producer of visual imagery is the individual
    • Digital cameras, cell phone cameras, citizen journalism, photos of the London subway bombings, of Saddam Hussein’s execution, of the sinking of the container ship MSC Napoli and 1055233203 million photos at Flickr attest to the capability and absolute raw power of the individual to produce visual material and bring the world home. But simply producing this is not enough, because…
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 29. The most powerful producer of visual imagery is the individual
    • The students have to do something with that visual imagery and it has to be done the right way. Create. Remix. Mashup . Post to YouTube. Or use online content creation systems like JumpCut or Mogopop to create or distribute visual messages.
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 30. Visuals, when combined with other multimedia, provide individuals with a competitive voice.
    • … one that can be heard. One that can be measured. One that says "here I am, and here's what I think, here is what I have to contribute. Now what do you think?”
    • Where is Matt?
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 31. Communicating Visually
    • What are some specifics about developing visual support in the classroom for instruction?
  • 32. Visual Literacy Design Principals
    • Color:
    • Yellow: of the 16 million plus colors the human eye can perceive, it sees yellow first
    • Red: danger, alert, use with caution
    • Blue: American's favorite color
    • Dark blue: trust
    • Green: renewal
    • Brown and grey : never use
    • Text:
    • Projected text should use a sans serif font (Verdana, Tahoma , Arial )
    • This is a serif font
    • Written text should use a serif font like Times New Roman, hooks on the letters help the eye move left to right across the page.
    • Never use Helvetica with adults-this is the font that that IRS tax forms are in. 
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 33. Visual Principals
    • Content:
    • Use visuals as much as possible
    • Combine visuals and text to engage both sides of the brain.
    • 6 X 6 rule
      • no more than six lines of text on a slide
      • no more than 6 words on each line.
    • 10/20/30 rule,
      • 10 slides,
      • no more than 20 minutes
      • no less than 30 point font.
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 34. In the Classroom
    • Three Key Elements for Students:
    • Navigate
    • Evaluate
    • Communicate
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 35. Navigate
    • Kids have to find stuff:
    • Flickr
    • YotoPhoto
    • Creative Commons
    • YouTube
    • MANY others
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 36. Evaluate
    • Kids have to seek meaning in images.
    • http://www.cellsalive.com/howbig.htm
    • Civil Rights Quest
    • A Tale of Two Telegrams
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 37. Communicate
    • Kids have to use images to create meaning, by telling stories, creating content, and contributing.
    • My Maps (Google)
    • Thumbstacks
    • Digital Storytelling Online
    Adapted from David Jakes, http://www.jakesonline.org
  • 38. Classroom Examples
    • Google Earth:
    • Google Lit Trips: http://www.googlelittrips.com/
    • Make your own visual maps: http://maps.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=68480
    • Periodic Table of Visual Elements:
    • http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html#
    • Jo Cool or Jo Fool
    • New York Times (Grades 6-12)
    • Pacbell
  • 39.