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Visual Literacy

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Melissa Bunge

on 22 March 2011

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Transcript of Visual Literacy

Visual Visual literacy is the reading and writing of VISUAL texts. Can you read a map? Can you draw a diagram? Do you know how to interpret: Are you visually literate? Literacy What is visual literacy? When you sit back and think about the role of visual literacy in your life, you start to recognize the truth in that old familiar saying... A picture is worth 1,000 words! ...So what excatly is a visual text? Well, a text is a vehicle we use to arrive at meaning. This makes a visual text one that expresses its meaning through images. Examples of visual texts include: Paintings Advertisments Charts Packaging Illustrations Images don't need to stand alone to be visual text. They are often combined with words, numbers, and sounds as one element necessary to complete a bigger picture. And many more! For more on visual literacy be sure to check out:

Images used in this Prezi were found at flicker.com and http://www.kidslearningstation.com/phonics/long-vowels/long-vowel-a-worksheet.asp If so, Congratulations! You are visually literate! Chances are you've been this way for quite some time. In fact, most kids can read pictures before they learn to read words. Pictures are often used in school to help kids decode words. Here is an example:

If you want a simple definition: Visual Literacy is so important! Visual literacy provides us with a universal language. It allows us to communicate with and understand each other in multiude of ways. It is a skill we use everyday! Just because young students are able to use some visual literacy skills, doesn't mean that they have mastered them all. Kids often need support developing their visual literacy. Critically analyzing images can be a tough job!
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