The Digital Image - Ben Goldstein (ELT)


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This practical talk will look at the way electronic media can help us place the image at the centre of our classroom practice, enabling learners to visualize or “picture experience” in new and exciting ways. In so doing, we will explore the notion of how best to develop visual literacy[1] in the language class – guiding students towards actively interpreting and creating images rather than just passively describing them.

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  • New challenge for the new decade
  • 2 Facebook, Twitter, message services (like What ’ s App)
  • Making the familiar unfamiliar? not just any old image will do, just like not any old tool (Can it mean more than one thing?) (Can I make it my own?) (Can it stop you in your tracks?) (Can something familar be made unfamiliar?)
  • open-ended answers, personalization, etc.
  • Multi-modality
  • fragmentation of text /
  • Professional and amateur Perfect compositions and snapshots
  • Of course being children, they responsed with images.
  • Professional and amateur Perfect compositions and snapshots
  • Students pulling content from media not teacher simply pushing it onto them. All technological changes involve both gains and losses.
  • The Digital Image - Ben Goldstein (ELT)

    1. 1. The Digital Image Developing Visual Literacy in ELT <ul><li>Ben Goldstein </li></ul>MEXTESOL, MORELIA, OCTOBER 2011
    2. 2. The Digital Image <ul><li>Images are becoming a primary means of information presentation in digital global media. </li></ul><ul><li>Digital technologies have emancipated and democratized the image . This opens up new possibilities for teachers and learners. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Overview <ul><li>1 Images in language teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reassessing their role / Criteria for image selection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2 The Digital Age </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-modality / New ways of reading </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>3 Expressing yourself through image </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Two student projects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>4 Tools, Sites… and Tasks </li></ul>
    4. 4. 1 Images in Language Teaching <ul><li>Reassessing their role </li></ul><ul><li>Image as starting point and centerpiece... </li></ul><ul><li>Mental imagery (the mind ’ s eye) </li></ul><ul><li>Image types (aerial shots, close-ups, shadows, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Self-image </li></ul>
    5. 5. Criteria for image selection <ul><li>1 Openness to multiple readings </li></ul><ul><li>2 Opportunity for personalization </li></ul><ul><li>3 Visual impact </li></ul><ul><li>4 Element of surprise </li></ul><ul><li>5 Cultural associations </li></ul>
    6. 7. 2 The Digital Age <ul><li>New image types (e.g. Infographics, wordclouds) </li></ul><ul><li>New ways of reading image & text (Filtering, Hyperlinks, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>New ways of communicating through image (Twitter, What ’ s App, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>New scope for image creation (tools, software, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>New sources and destinations for images & texts (ScoopIt) </li></ul>
    7. 9. 3 Expressing yourself through image <ul><li>Visual Tributes </li></ul><ul><li>Two projects: </li></ul><ul><li>1 Future requests for computers </li></ul><ul><li>2 How is your computer personal? </li></ul>
    8. 10. The Digital Image <ul><li>With digital media, people can often bypass official institutions to produce their own media, knowledge, produtcts, services and texts... to compete with the professionals or to critique mainstream sources . (James Paul Gee) </li></ul>
    9. 11. Fecha It ’ s fitting that our wedding photos reflect the devices we connected through while falling in love!  Thank you Steve!
    10. 12. Two projects <ul><li>from Latitude: / </li></ul>1 CHILDREN ’ S FUTURE REQUESTS FOR COMPUTERS & THE INTERNET
    11. 14. 4 Tools, sites… and tasks
    12. 15. some tools <ul><li>Voice Thread (digital stories) </li></ul><ul><li>Glogster </li></ul><ul><li>Blurb Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Keek (video diary/status updates) </li></ul><ul><li>Fotobabble (talking photos) </li></ul><ul><li>Shape collage </li></ul><ul><li>Fotofunia </li></ul><ul><li>Photoshop touch... Coming soon! </li></ul>
    13. 17. some sites
    14. 19. Conclusions <ul><li>We need to embrace “ the visual ” in our materials and classroom practice. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to encourage learners to create, interpret and interact with images actively. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to prioritize tasks over tools. Is technology enhancing the task? </li></ul><ul><li>We need to consider ways of engaging learners with images both in and outside the classroom. </li></ul>