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Visual Thinking / Montana State
Transcript of Visual Thinking / Montana State
Visual Thinking Tools for Deep Learning
Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University
derekbruff.org / @derekbruff
"When students are provided with an organizational structure in which to fit new knowledge,
they learn more effectively and efficiently
than when they are left to deduce this conceptual structure for themselves."
How Learning Works (2010)
"Bookshelf Spectrum, Revisited," chotda, Flickr (CC)
"Paraguay," NASA Goddard, Flickr (CC)
J. Ricky Cox, http://is.gd/DXRCxQ
"Your drawing doesn't have to be that good.
Your mind will fill it in."
"It's okay to use words."
Dave Gray, http://is.gd/yksiyN
"Movie Narrative Charts" by xkcd
Greg Kulowiec's Story: http://is.gd/nGYx3x
Ayla Pamukcu's Story: http://is.gd/qOw2k4
Classic Children's Stories - Posters by Christian Jackson - http://is.gd/2quIWD
"touch-up," Katie Harris, Flickr (CC)
There are no such things as learning styles.
Different content benefits from different teaching modalities.
For the research, see "Teaching at Its Best" by Linda Nilson, Chapter 26.
People learn better when multiple modalities are used.
"Square Peg, Round Hole," Yoel Ben-Avraham, Flickr (CC)
"Come Feel the Illinoise," Paul Mayne, Flickr (CC)
Don't do this.
Jennifer Osterhage's Story - http://is.gd/ebWhx
More on Concept Maps in the Humanities: http://is.gd/d4SPaW
Derek's Story - http://is.gd/OXUp2x
More on Timelines: http://bit.ly/2fE5Q7W
A Little Theory
John Damaso's story: http://bit.ly/2fh3H3J
Visual Thinking Tools
Take a sticky note and a marker. Doodle an idea for using visual thinking tools in teaching.
Interactive version: http://bit.ly/2ftKHfT
Cynthia Brame's story: http://bit.ly/2ftKIQZ
Kylie Korsnack, English, Vanderbilt U.
Ashley Hasty, Merchandising, Indiana U.
"More Ideas for Visual Learning," Derek Bruff, Flickr (CC)
"Still Don't Like You Being Close," Saskia Jansen, Flickr (CC)
Visual metaphors help us understand and remember.
Image as Metaphor
Where to find images?
Emily Bigelow's Story: http://is.gd/M4aJyz
Think of a concept your students find challenging.
Go to flickr.com and search for an image that could serve as a visual metaphor for the concept.
Be sure to switch from "Any license" to "All creative commons."
Share your image by posting it to
Above slides by Michael Alley, http://is.gd/6BtwW1.
"london men in hats," la fattina, Flickr (CC)
Bryan Lowe, Religious Studies
Keith Weghort, Political Science