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  1. 1. GRAPHIC INQUIRY:How to use graphics in any classroomFor Rato Bangala Visiting Student TeachersBy Jennifer Alevy,Head LibrarianLincoln School, Kathmandu
  2. 2. Lamb, Annette C., and Daniel Callison. Graphic inquiry. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. Print.
  3. 3. VISUAL LITERACY Visual literacy is the ability to understand and use images. This includes to think, learn, and express oneself in terms of images (graphically). Photographs, cartoons, line drawings, diagrams, concept maps, and other visual representations are all important in visual literacy. "Virtual Information Inquiry: Inquiry." Virtual Information Inquiry: Student Information Scientists and Instructional Specialists in the Learning Laboratory. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Aug. 2012. <>.
  4. 4. VISUAL LITERACY Visual resources are important in all content areas. In social studies, students can learn about history by analyzing historical photographs and posters. Student use photographs to explore scientific processes and relationships. Photographs can stimulate emotions for creative writing.
  5. 5. TEACHING VISUAL LITERACY In Teaching Visual Literacy, Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher…state that “visual literate learners are able to make connections, determine importance, synthesize information, evaluate and critique. Further, these visual literacies are interwoven with textual ones, so that their interaction forms the basis for a more complete understanding.” (p.4)
  6. 6. GRAPHIC LITERACY Graphic literacy involves more than simply illustrating a term paper. Students build skills by learning how to read, interpret, apply and create graphics. Activities may involve seeking patterns in graphs, categorizing items using graphic organizers, using photos as evidence in an argument, or building diagrams to represent scientific processes. (p.6).
  8. 8. GRAPHIC INQUIRY Graphic inquiry is a cyclical, recursive process of investigation using visual information resources and tools to question, explore, assimilate, infer, and reflect.
  9. 9. GRAPHIC LITERACY “As we think about graphic inquiry and life-long learning, consider how we can provide experiences in school that can be applied to life outside the classroom…mature information scientists are independent thinkers who use visual resources to collect evidence and graphic tools to build effective communications.” (p.17)
  10. 10. GRAPHIC LITERACY “As school, work, and play, graphics can play a role throughout the inquiry process. As you think about graphic literacy….consider the many ways that educators can support visual learning.” (p.18) “Select a topic you‟d like to investigate, a problem you need to solve, or a question that‟s been on your “to do” list. Conduct your own graphic inquiry by placing emphasis on the visual aspects of your investigation. During your investigation, you may read, comprehend, analyze, interpret, use, apply, d esign, and create graphics.” (p.18)
  11. 11. TYPES OF GRAPHICS Charts and Graphs Diagrams Illustrations Maps Organizers Images Symbols
  13. 13. TYPES OF CHARTS AND GRAPHS Activity/Time Chart – Relative events & activities to time Area Graph – Show trends & relationships Bar/Column Graph – Compare data points of distinct items Cosmograph – Uses images to show parts to wholes Line/Area Graph – Trace or compare changes over time Matrix/Table – Visualize data in rows & columns Number Line/Scale – A one-dimensional picture of a line Picture Chart/Pictograph – Images depict quantities Pie/Circle/Donut Chart – Depict how parts are related to wholes Scatter Graph – Visualize patterns using data points Spider/Radar Chart – Show more data on three or more variables Sparkline – Show trends and variations
  14. 14. CHARTS AND GRAPHS Charts usually give information in tabular format using rows and columns. Graphs show how one variable quantity changes in relation to another variable and may show trends
  15. 15. CHARTS AND GRAPHS Questioning & Exploring  Think about how a chart might help you get started with an inquiry. Use graphs to identify problems, arrange background information, and organize ideas. Assimilating & Inferring  Charts are powerful tools to display data, but it‟s important to select the best type of visual for the job. Table work well for data presented in rows and columns, while pie charts work for showing parts of wholes Reflecting & Sharing  Charts can be used in presenting conclusions to others. Online tools such as Create a Graph are useful in creating simple chards and graphs
  17. 17. DIAGRAMS
  18. 18. TYPES OF DIAGRAMS Architectural Drawing – Accurately represents an object Chain/Cycle – Depicts relationships among items Cross Section – Shows how an object would look like if it were sliced Decision Tree – Shows options in decision-making Exploded View – Shows individual pieces of an object Family Tree – Show relationships in a family Floor Plan – Provides an overhead view of a location Flowchart – Shows processes and relationships Graphical Projection – Shows an imaginary 3-dimensional object Schematic – Represents the elements of a system Structure Diagram – Shows the parts that make up the whole Timeline – Shows the progression of time
  19. 19. DIAGRAMS Diagrams often show the relationships among parts and wholes such as the anatomy of the human body or the operation of a machine A simplified visual representation of an object, concept, or idea is often called a diagram The ability to show complex concepts using simple lines and shapes is the key to effective diagrams
  20. 20. DIAGRAMS Questioning & Exploring  Diagrams can jumpstart an inquiry by stimulating questions, providing background information, and visualizing problems or procedures. Assimilating & Inferring  Diagrams are helpful in providing visual explanations and information. Use diagrams as you look for insights, make comparisons, and build connections between existing knowledge and new information. Ask yourself: how does this diagram help me better understand this object, system, or procedure? Reflecting & Sharing  Building a diagram is an excellent way to demonstrate understanding and share this knowledge with others. In addition, use diagrams as a way to reflect on learning and generate new questions.
  21. 21. DIAGRAMS
  23. 23. TYPES OF ILLUSTRATIONS Cartoon Collage – Assemblage of varied forms into one visual Drafting/Technical Drawing – Communicate technical information Drawing – Visuals created by marking a surface Graffiti – Images marked on property Information Graphic – Represents info, data, or knowledge Poster Painting – Process that applies color to surface Printmaking – Impression created from a matrix Sequential Art – Series of images to convey a story Sketch – Quick drawing to record impressions Visualization – Communicates a visual message
  24. 24. ILLUSTRATIONS Drawings, paintings, sketches, and etchings are examples of illustrations. These visual representations are intended to communicate an informational or artistic message Essential ideas sometimes become lost in text heavy communications. Use illustrations along with a few key words to produce memorable messages
  25. 25. ILLUSTRATIONS Questioning & Exploring  Use illustrations you find in books, newspapers, and websites to stimulate thinking and questions about a topic. When were these visuals created? How do they reflect a particular time, place, or situation? What questions do the images trigger? Assimilating & Inferring  As you examine illustrations, create visual notes such as sketches to remind you of what you‟ve seen and read. Continue to enhance your graphic notes as you find new information. Reflecting & Sharing  As you think about what you‟ve learned, go back and revisit illustrations you examined earlier in your investigation. What new questions have emerged?
  27. 27. MAPS
  28. 28. TYPES OF MAPS Advertising Map – Selective features to Focus attention Cartogram – Map is distorted to convey information Cosmological Map – Represent cultural beliefs about world Military Map – Show events or battle plans Pictorial Map – Reflects a place, but may not be accurate or to scale Projection Map – Flatten out the spherical earth; translate 3D to 2D Propaganda Map – Intend to influence a target audience Reference Map – Show human on environmental details accurately Relief/Tactile Map – Relief maps show 3D; some are also tactile Star/Celestial Map – Show constellations; represents sky view Thematic Map – Portray a pattern of human or environmental data Topographical Map – Show elevation as contour lines
  29. 29. MAPS A map provides a visual representation of an idea showing relationships in space. When you hear the word „map‟ you probably think of geography. Cartography is the practice of creating maps on the Earth including road maps and treasure maps… …however there are may different types of maps. A knowledge domain map is used to visualize information making it easier to understand and access Consider how maps can be used by students to draw inferences Before using a map, try to determine who created the map and why. Was it designed by a well-known cartographer or respected historian? Was it created for advertising or propaganda? Does it exaggerate data? Do the symbols, lines, and colors contribute or distract from the map?
  30. 30. MAPS Questioning & Exploring  Use maps to jumpstart inquiry. Maps ignite curiosity, generate questions, visualize patterns of movement, and stimulate brainstorming activities Assimilating & Inferring  As you examine maps, think about ways to adapt and build your own maps as a way to organize what you‟re learning. Add notes, symbols, and color to help you record information. Reflecting & Sharing  As you think about what you‟ve learned, consider new questions. Think about the many types of maps that could be used to convey data and information. Ask yourself: how could maps show movement or changes over time?
  31. 31. MAPS
  32. 32. ORGANIZERS
  33. 33. TYPES OF ORGANIZERS Cause/Effect Classification Compare/Contrast Idea Pie KWL Persuasion Map PMI (Edward deBono) Story Web Topicing Venn Diagram Webbing What if?
  34. 34. ORGANIZERS Organizers can be complex or simples Organizers are effective for showing relationships among data, connections like cause and effect, chronologies of events, and comparisons such as the pros and cons of alternative solutions Organizers can take many forms. However the key is selecting the most effective method of structuring the data. Ask yourself: What information needs to be organized? How can visuals convey this structure?
  35. 35. ORGANIZERS Questioning & Exploring  Consider how graphic organizers can be used to help you visualize concepts and explore „big ideas.‟ Use organizers to visualize topics and subtopics. Assimilating & Inferring  Organizers can provide scaffolding for learning new concepts and assist you in visualizing the relationships among the data and information. Ask yourself: what‟s the best way to organize these ideas? How can a visual help me understand? Reflecting & Sharing  Think about how to apply the things you‟ve learned to new situations inside and outside the school setting. Use organizers in real-world settings.
  36. 36. IMAGES
  37. 37. TYPES OF IMAGES Aerial Photography – Images taken from the air of the ground Astrophotography – Images taken of astronomical images Digiscoping – Obtaining photos through a spotting scope or telescope Multi-spectrum Imaging – Light captured beyond the visible light range Macro Photography – A close-up that shows actual size Microscopy Imaging – Using a camera on a microscope Panoramic Photography – Images with a wide field of vision Radar Imaging – Images produced by radar detection Remote Sensing – Visual data from aircraft or satellite Ultrasonography – Visualize muscles and internal organs X-Ray Imaging – A radiographic image is created to show structure Time-lapse Photography – A series of photos take over time
  38. 38. IMAGES Many devices can be used to capture an image, for example a camera for photography Photographs are useful in reflecting real people, places, and things. They capture the moment in time, show a sequence of activities, and provide different perspectives on an event By providing images of changes over time, people can start a dialog about issues such as water use, natural disaster preparation, urban development, and climate change. Different views can facilitate learning for example straight on view, cross-section view, top down view…
  39. 39. IMAGES Questioning & Exploring  Images jumpstart inquiry by prompting questions and stimulating comparisons. Photographs serve as useful evidence Assimilating & Inferring  Images serve as useful evidence in problem-solving and decision-making, however it‟s important that images are carefully analyzed and evaluated. Ask yourself: what‟s the perspective of the photograph? Why was the photo taken? Are different views available that can be compared? Reflecting & Sharing  Images are helpful in sharing ideas and communicating conclusions. Photos taken during the inquiry process can be useful to review progress and justify decisions. Scrapbooks of images are helpful in sharing understandings.
  40. 40. IMAGES
  41. 41. SYMBOLS
  42. 42. TYPES OF SYMBOLS Avatar – Representations of self for virtual environment Emoticon – Graphic used to convey emotional content Glyph – Graphic used in written language Ideogram/Ideograph – Picture that represents an idea Insignia – Visual representing status or jurisdiction Logo – Graphic forming a trademark or brand Logogram – Uses a visual to represent words Map Symbol – Graphic used on a map to represent a location Musical Notation – Graphics are used to visualize music Network Symbol – Graphic used in networking Pictogram/Pictograph – Image that resembles what it signifies Scientific/Math Symbols – Graphic used to represent a concept
  43. 43. SYMBOLS Semiotics is the science of signs and symbols. Symbols are visuals used to represent ideas, concepts, or other abstractions. They can serve as a common language for giving directions or warnings and are often used to represent groups or causes such as pink ribbon for breast cancer research From culture to culture, symbols and colors may be interpreted differently. A leaf may represent nature to some, but to Canadians it‟s a national symbol. Many of the most common symbols are part of the ISOTYPE – International System of Typographic Picture Education developed by Otto Neurath. A standard set of pictograms are also defined by the international standard ISO 7001. These Public Information Symbols provide a standard so that food handling and chemical hazards are always labeled in the same manner.
  44. 44. SYMBOLS Questioning & Exploring  Symbols are useful springboards for inquiry. They can stimulate questions and provide a focus for exploration. They may also be used to organize information and express ideas Assimilating & Inferring  Symbols are powerful tools for communication, however it‟s important to have a clear understanding of their meaning. Ask yourself: what‟s the origin of this symbol? What‟s the meaning and how has it been used? How is the symbol like and unlike other symbols? Reflecting & Sharing  From scientific notation to map production, symbols are often used to provide communications and share conclusions. Think about the many types of symbols that can be used to share understandings.
  45. 45. SYMBOLS
  46. 46. EXAMPLES (snail photo) en_edit1.svg.png (snail diagram)
  47. 47. NOTES Book Citation:  Lamb, Annette C., and Daniel Callison. Graphic inquiry. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. Print.