Geography: Visual literacy

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The skills and understanding needed to use images are basically the same as those needed to read texts.

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  • Use Senses sheet – focusing on I can see …
  • We feel that the strategies that we are going to share can be successfully adapted for children of different ages.
  • Geography: Visual literacy

    1. 1. What does the photographer want you to know about me?
    2. 2. <ul><li>We tend to assume that pictures are easy to understand, requiring little skill, and we often take it for granted that children see what they are asked to look at and that they see what we see in pictures. </li></ul><ul><li>Margaret Mackintosh </li></ul><ul><li>(p.121 Primary Geography Handbook, Geographical Association 2005) </li></ul>
    3. 3. http://www.gbgm-umc.org/honduras/photos/Afghan%20Refugees/index.html In the Shamshatoo refugee camp, an Afghan boy enjoys flying a kite, a pleasure prohibited by the Taliban Afghan refugee children work long hours to help their families survive. Near Shamshatoo camp, this boy works in a brickyard. These ethnic Uzbek refugees from Afghanistan live in the Shamshatoo refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan
    4. 4. Visual Literacy <ul><li>How often do we focus on developing pupils’ skills of reading and interpreting images as opposed to developing these skills with text based sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Margaret Mackintosh </li></ul><ul><li>(p.121 Primary Geography Handbook, Geographical Association 2005) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Visual Literacy <ul><li>Visual literacy can be compared alongside text based`literacy’ in that they both employ similar processes: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>identifying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>decoding </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>interpreting </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Understanding both print and visual sources depends on: <ul><li>Observation </li></ul><ul><li>Prediction </li></ul><ul><li>Supposition </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative skills </li></ul><ul><li>The skill of looking at, understanding and interpreting pictures has to be taught through planned directed study . </li></ul><ul><li>Margaret Mackintosh </li></ul>
    7. 7. Sharing strategies to support visual learning in history <ul><li>Observation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Senses sheet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prediction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9 number grid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5w’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hide & Reveal </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Supposition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conversation between characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluating evidence – What do I know for certain? (definite, possibly, probably true) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Narrative skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo Jam 4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Textease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Notebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. We are seeking to encourage you as teachers or to encourage you as influencers of other teachers to: <ul><li>Adopt </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt </li></ul><ul><li>Innovate </li></ul>
    10. 10. Download these resources: <ul><li>The Geographical Association </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.geography.org.uk/eyprimary/visualgeography/ </li></ul><ul><li>Geography Teaching Today (until end of Nov 2011 – and then on the GA site. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.geographyteachingtoday.org.uk/online-cpd/course/primary-geography-and-ict/ </li></ul>

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