We are going to see how we can learn some study skills to help with school work by using pictures
This presentation is mostly about Visual Literacy. This is the technical term for learning from what we see. Sometimes the way we see something can help us understand how to solve other problems too such as how to evaluate or interpret information we find. It can also help us to write our own thoughts about a topic in a way that is unique to us and shows an examiner that we understand that we have read.
At the end of this session you will have learnt about all these things. These are all skills needed for independent learning but these exercises also give you the chance to feel the different way in which you have to use your brain to find answers or to reach an understanding.
Choose one of the symbols and draw it on a piece of paper. You now have 3 minutes to turn it into whatever you like. Now we will share everyone’s idea with the class. (Teacher can choose to do this by shape or randomly pick a few – this also encourages students to talk about what they have drawn and why which helps with oral literacy). We can now see that everyone has their own thoughts and ideas. This is also true whether you are reading a book or maybe imagining you are a character in a video game. Some people even have imaginary friends or think their toys can talk when they are very little. As we grow up we can lose that spark. But if you are creative and think differently you will do well in education. Not every idea you have may work but its fun to try things out.
In some lessons the teacher tells you facts and then you write them down. For others you will be expected to share your own thoughts and opinions. Look at each of these pictures in turn. (Teacher for each picture decide whether it is real or has been photoshopped! – then show all 4 together and ask the class to vote on which one they think is the real one. Answer – the road picture is photoshopped by artist Eric Johansson http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2009/03/13/photo-manipulations-by-erik-johansson/ . The fairies are the Cottingley Fairies photos taken in the 1920s which fooled a generation into thinking the photos were real http://hoaxes.org/photo_database/image/the_cottingley_fairies/ long before photoshopping was invented. The plane photo is allegedly from the North Tower of the Twin Towers on 9/11 but it could not have been taken and survived the devastation. It is also the wrong type of plane, the balcony was not open at that time in the morning and it is taken from the South Tower. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/05/Tourist_guy.jpg The railway line is real and was caused by the Christchurch Earthquake in New Zealand 2010 http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2011/03/08/distorted-railway-lines-in-the-christchurch-earthquake/ This exercise helps students to realise there may be many differing opinions in written work but that you have to look for facts and then exercise your own judgement about which scenario or opinion you will support
It is easy when doing homework, especially if time is pressing just to hand in a small amount of work and hope that it will do. If you want good marks you need to find out as much as you can. This spot the difference puzzle shows you that it is easy to find the first differences but you have to stick with the task and work a lot harder to find all seven. http://metro.co.uk/2007/06/20/spot-the-difference-with-wallace-and-gromit-470058/
This again shows the importance of handing in more than the minimum. Did you notice in both these exercises how hard your brain had to work to find the last bits of information. Getting something is easy but really working hard takes longer and its that extra effort that gets you the top marks. Answer is 30
Show picture quickly and ask what they saw. Now show picture again to allow consideration and detail. This shows the importance of not just glancing at information on the internet or in a book but studying it carefully and slowly and give your eyes time to scan for clues. Maybe take notes so you don’t forget what you saw. What can you tell from the picture eg why are they waiting, where are they going, why are there more women than men, ages, where is it, what is the man in the doorway doing etc
Watch this short video. How observant were you of the changes. This shows how we can get so side tracked in our interpretation of just one strand of the data we find that we ignore the other factors that may have some importance. Equally this can show how sometimes you need to concentrate on the most important aspect, in this case the solving of the crime and not notice the background “noise”
These pictures show that often there is more than one way of looking at something. This can apply to a topic you have been given too. Particularly in subjects like history a war or conflict may be looked at in different ways depending on whose side you are on. It is important in our writing to recognise the need for different points of view.
This picture shows how opinions can be altered. It maybe you see something one way and then when you take away the source and think about it the image changes and you form a different opinion. This is a way of learning and it is really important to understand this skill is worth including when you write up your work.
This picture again shows how opinions can be altered. It shows how sometimes you need time to reflect on an issue and by relaxing your brain in this way, sometimes the understanding becomes clearer. It is rather like having an idea when you are asleep or in the bath etc. This is a way of learning and it is really important to understand this skill is worth including when you write up your work.
This picture shows how opinions can change if another factor is brought into an argument that changes the perspective. This is a way of learning and it is really important to understand this skill is worth including when you write up your work.
This picture was in the news recently because people saw different colours in the dress. It is blue and black. In this case the lighting of the screen altered people’s perception. This shows how what you choose to highlight in your work might change the interpretation by others.
Of course there is not really a hole in your hand but your brain and eyes say otherwise. Sometimes in our work we have to persuade people to think differently and to encourage them to imagine things. Think about this in your creative writing
Sometimes things that you see and read will truly be impossible to work out as is illustrated by the artist Escher in his perpetual staircase. You can ask your teacher if you get confused about a topic. It may be there is no definite answer as no-one may know or it maybe the teacher can help you solve the mystery.
They say that “A picture paints a thousand words” and this can be true. It is also true that these days there is a lot of technology to help you get words onto paper such as your phone. If your language is a barrier to your creativity and it is frustrating then consider drawing or speaking into your phone what you want to say before you begin to write. Buy a pack of magnetic words and play around with the order of them and see which sentences sound and look the best. This presentation has shown you how understanding pictures and what your eyes tell you can help you understand writing and reading tasks too.
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