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Teaching Visual Literacy to Students

Visual literacy is a multi-faceted subject matter, and faculty wishing to include images in their curriculum can quickly find themselves overwhelmed by the prospect of addressing visual literacy. For an introduction to the topic visit The Basics of Visual Literacy: Form, Context and Content. The following tools are intended to help faculty customize their curricula to incorporate visual literacy in ways that suit their individual instructional needs. Some faculty may want to teach visual literacy as a one-time in- or out-of-class activity. Others may want to teach visual literacy as multi-week or semester-long elements of their courses. Each one of the following tools can stand alone, or they can be combined with one another to build a customized visual literacy curriculum that suits your needs. Online Activities: a complilation of online activities contributed by faculty. Activity Plans: activities and lesson plans contributed by faculty teaching with images.

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Digital Activities For Visual Literacy Visual literacy is the ability to construct meaning from or communicate meaning through information presented in the form of an image. While it may seem like this could only be applicable to the elementary student, visual literacy pervades all subject areas, disciplines, and grade levels in schools. From identifying patterns, to understanding modern art, to interpreting and creating graphs, visual literacy is one of the most widely important skills students should develop while in K-12 schools. Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies that will help students think through, think about and think with pictures. Standards Support Visual Literacy Instruction

School of Education at Johns Hopkins University-Articles Guided Reading in the Balanced Reading ProgramMelissa J. RickeyA literacy expert explains the importance of guided reading in a strong literacy program and shares lessons using the method. When Nothing Seems To Work: Best Practices For Improving the Responsiveness of Students with Chronic Behavioral Challenges to Reading InstructionGreg BennerUniversity of Washington/Tacoma faculty member discusses specific ways to improve the literacy skills of students with behavioral challenges. Helping Struggling ReadersLinda Campbell and Crystal KellyPhonics instruction, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, tutoring and an at-home component are the essential ingredients of a successful reading program. Comprehension and Discipline Literacy: The Key to High School AchievementYvette JacksonPractical ideas for improving literacy in secondary education. How to Create Competent, Eager WritersJean AzemoveWith the emphasis on testing, teachers feel pressure to have their students perform.

Visual Thinking Home » All CFT Teaching Guides » Visual Thinking by CFT graduate program coordinator Maria Ebner & assistant director Derek Bruff Introduction Our brains are wired to rapidly make sense of and remember visual input. Teaching History Resources - Historic Newspapers Looking after the world’s largest private archive of original newspapers means that we’re extremely passionate about history. This is why we decided to pick out interesting coverage from historical dates of significance so that others could learn about the past, as it was reported at the time! Our free teaching packs are available in order to help students discover the cause and consequence of historical events. Hard copies are currently available to schools, universities, libraries and accredited education establishments only.

Reading images: an introduction to visual literacy “Literacy” usually means the ability to read and write, but it can also refer to the ability to “read” kinds of signs other than words — for example, images or gestures. The proliferation of images in our culture — in newspapers and magazines, in advertising, on television, and on the Web — makes visual literacy School of Education at Johns Hopkins University-Visual Literacy and the Classroom by Erin Riesland Although the definition of literacy remains a hotly contested topic among educators and researchers, it is hard to deny that technology is driving the debate. While reading and writing will most likely remain at the heart of standard literacy education, educators should reconsider what it means to be literate in the technological age. The New London Group, a cohort of educators and researchers interested in examining the teaching of new literacies, explains literacy this way: "one could say that its fundamental purpose is to ensure that all students benefit from learning in ways that allow them to participate fully in public, community, and economic life." (1996) Multimedia, or new media, is changing the way society communicates in the virtual and real world. One major transition is the Microsoft PowerPoint takeover of nearly every office boardroom and college lecture hall.

Improving Presentation Style “Effective lecturers combine the talents of scholar, writer, producer, comedian, showman, and teacher in ways that contribute to student learning.” Wilbert J. McKeachie, Teaching Tips Teacher Resources The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Using Primary Sources Discover quick and easy ways to begin using primary sources in your classroom, with teachers' guides, information on citing sources and copyright, and the Library's primary source analysis tool. TPS Partners The Teaching with Primary Sources Program builds partnerships with educational organizations to support effective instruction using primary sources.

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