BigHugeLabs: Visual Literacy


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BigHugeLabs: Visual Literacy

  1. 1. Big Huge Labs Using Visual Literacy to Extend Learning Calgary Regional Learning Consortium presents
  2. 2. Calgary Regional Consortium Elizabeth Cressman Tech Back-up CRC Brenda Dyck Session Facilitator CRC
  3. 3. <ul><li>A Web 2.0 mashup tool that supports deep thinking and helps to sharpen students' visual literacy skills.  </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>M ashups combine similar types of media and information from multiple sources into a new creation (repurposing)   </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Educational Tool? </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE TO SELF… </li></ul><ul><li>No tool is an educational tool until its used in a meaningful way to mediate learning </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ Visual Communication is a process of sending and receiving messages using images. Visual literacy can be defined as the ‘ability to construct meaning from visual images.’ (Giorgis, Johnson, Bonomo, Colbert, & al, 1999: 146) </li></ul><ul><li>To make meaning from images, the ‘reader’ uses the critical skills of exploration, critique, and reflection.“ ~ The Visual Literacy White Paper, Dr. Anne Bamford, Art and Design University of Technology, Sydney, Australia </li></ul>Making the cognitive jump from using the tool... ... to using the tool to promote inquiry and deep thinking. to
  6. 6. <ul><li>” The more content is manipulated, the more likely it is understood and remembered.“ </li></ul><ul><li>~ Janet Allen, from Reading History: A Practical Guide to Improving Literacy </li></ul>
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  8. 8. upload an image fill in formatting information Add content When you’re done, click “Create” Use Flickr Storm Need an Image?
  9. 9. <ul><li>Do you have an idea for how you might use Big Huge Lab’s Motivator tool in your classroom? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>1) Save an image to your desktop </li></ul><ul><li>PC: right click </li></ul><ul><li>Mac: drag the image to your desktop </li></ul><ul><li>2) Open the Motivator tool </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>3) Fill in the information--  Create </li></ul>
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  12. 12. upload an image fill in formatting information When you’re done, click “Create” Add content Use Flickr Storm
  13. 13. Taking the Mosaic tool to a deeper level: VoiceThread
  14. 14. <ul><li>Do you have an idea for how you might use Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic tool in your classroom? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Accessing your students’ metacognitive thinking Combining the left and right side of the brain Developing metaphorical thinking Assessment Tool
  16. 16. upload a background image Add magazine article titles When you’re done, click “Create”
  17. 17. <ul><li>Using the Magazine Cover mash-up (combining Big Huge Labs with the Word document’s callout feature). </li></ul><ul><li>Here I’m going to show how I use the magazine cover with a Call Out Assignment to access student thinking. Example on next slide. </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>To create call-outs: </li></ul><ul><li>Click the Autoshapes option on the Drawing toolbar.   </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a call-out you wish to use.   </li></ul><ul><li>Click and drag to create the bubble.   </li></ul><ul><li>Resize by dragging a handle/dot from the edge of the graphic.   </li></ul><ul><li>To send the bubble to the back or front of another picture, right-click on the edge of the bubble and choose Arrange.   </li></ul><ul><li>To move or resize the directional area of the graphic, drag by the yellow dot.   </li></ul><ul><li>To enter text, simply select the graphic and start typing. You will not see an I bar.   </li></ul><ul><li>You can change the line thickness, color fill, and font of the bubble. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>   (Thanks to Annette Lamb for the above instructions) </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Do you have an idea for how you might use Big Huge Lab’s Magazine tool in your classroom? </li></ul>
  20. 22. Use the site advertising-free
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