A focus on visual literacy in the classroom
Back in week two of course three I wrote about putting images into blog posts. I asked (myself) “How can we manipulate imagery to foster effective communication?” My thinking in week two was directly translated into teaching as I worked with my students and their blogs. I realised that they needed more time and more direct teaching so that they could improve their blog posts. I actually had the students do their own C.R.A.P analysis, they are ninth graders, they loved it. And here are some before and afters:
So we are making some progress with the images. Actually, the second blog post by Jonathan also underwent a design facelift after the CRAP analysis lesson. He decided to change his font and background colour – looks like he is keen to keep things simple for now. Lots of images and videos are being added into the posts and the majority of students are at least trying to cite appropriately. There is still the occasional post (like the one above) where the image does seem to be an afterthought. Sometimes blogger can be a right pain in the butt when you are trying to insert an image and wrap the text around it, perhaps he just gave up. But perhaps some more time could be spent really looking at post/blog layout. John Medina has some interesting ideas about vision (https://www.brainrules.net/vision) that I would like to share with my students. They seem to be realising that I’m looking for visuals in their posts and they are embedding away, but they aren’t looking for images for their other posts (for their other subjects) so I obviously haven’t convinced them that this is a powerful thing to do. All I’ve convinced them is that it’s necessary to score well in the rubric.
Our job is never complete 🙂