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Visual Literacy in the Classroom

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Nadine E

on 11 April 2013

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The Brain The brain is capable of absorbing 36,000 visual images an hour. Research estimates that between 70% and 90% of all information is received visually.

It is a lot of work for the brain to translate
written language. Research shows that
adding visuals can result in more effective
and higher order learning. The Visual-Spatial Learners Visual-spatial learners visualize to
learn, draw to remember, and create
visuals to communicate.
Visual learners are creative and may
develop their own problem solving
methods. Some may be gifted, may
have special needs or disabilities, and
might be misunderstood.
Many geniuses are visual learners!
Here are a few visual-spatial learners- The Students Output Teaching Visual Literacy Teach Visual Literacy Skills Walgreens Went Visual Visual Learners are not unique.
It is estimated that 75% of all
students rely on their visual
skills to learn.
Although it has been undervalued
in the past, today's world needs the
expertise of the right brain for a
smarter tomorrow. Visual Literacy in the Classroom Input Use Meaningful Visuals Teach students
to SEE ! By Nadine Ertel A picture is worth
a thousand words! These learners all had something in common. They all had difficulty in school with reading, writing and computation. Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it's stupid.
Albert Einstein Visual examples can be
Real Objects
Drawings, Paintings
Computer Games
2 or 3 dimensional
Movies & Videos or in your mind ! Be Aware of Students
Strengths and Weaknesses Visual-Spatial learning is not just emotional. It has a specific skill set, just like reading and writing. You would not expect a student to write a story if they have not learned to read and use words and sentences.
Students need to be taught skills to be able to see, understand and create visual and spatial works. Art and visual training should be part of the curriculum.
The Elements and Principles of Design should be part of teaching Visual Literacy including line, shape, color, texture, value, size, direction, space, form, balance, repetition, harmony, scale contrast, and unity. They also need to be
taught the skills to create their own
visual and spatial works. Skills enhance all learning ! `Drawing shapes, understanding scale, proportions and relationships prepares kids with concepts later encountered in math, science and other subjects. Skills and specific training doesn't limit
personal expression,
quite the opposite. It Empowers! Teaching Tricks to help Visual-Spatial
(and all)Learners! Give students a chance to do handwritten and cursive writing. Research has shown that physical writing integrates auditory, visual, physical and oral processes and increased neural activity compared to just looking at the letters while typing.
Allow visual learners extra time because if material is not presented visually, they will need time to make a mental picture of it to make it visual to them.
Have students use visual or graphic organizers and mind maps to organize information for writing assignments. Visual thinkers see pictures and can have difficulty translating their images into words.
Give whole explainations for assignments. They need to see the big picture or concept. This is important in explaining math concepts.
` Resources Being Visual: Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers by Bette Fetter Book Photos http://commons.wikimedia.org http://www.graphic.org - all photos were free to use and share Governments and Businesses Most Governments and businesses now use signs and symbols as a universal language in our multicultural world. Visual Literacy In 2007 Walgreens opened a distribution center in South Carolina that focuses on visual information systems for their 700 employees with and without disabilities. They use increased visuals, touch screens instead of keyboards, images to relate task, workstation symbols, transportation symbols and green and red performance standards. Management found it resulted in a 20% increase in productivity and workers felt it was a friendlier environment. The
Visually Literate Person The Visually and Spatially Literate
person's time has come. We live in a very
visual and technology advanced world.
The visually literate person is ready for
the future.
Visually literate people connect , create,
and innovate.
While there have always been visual
thinkers, we now live in a visual
society so those students
can truly succeed!
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