Born to Draw Advocacy for Visual Literacy in the 21st Century
Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, use, appreciate, create images and videos using both conventional and 21st century media in ways that advance thinking, decision making, communication, and learning in the classroom. -teachers.ash.org.au
Why Visual Literacy?
Visualization skills allows students to make their thinking visible in all academic areas. For example, readers examine and understand how art and text interact by visualizing information while they enjoy reading.
Students who are Visually Literate:
- Use technology to demonstrate and enhance their learning.
- Are effective visual communicators.
- Understand basic elements of visual design, technique, and media.
- Are aware of emotional, psychological, physiological, and cognitive influences in perceptions of visuals.
- Are expressive, innovative visual thinkers and successful problem solvers.
- Understand how to create and read graphic organizers and visual mapping tools.
The importance of images and visual media is changing what it means to be literate in the 21st century!
– Baker, Frank
As technology is increasing in our global society it is important that teachers become aware of their visual literacy strategies in order to adjust their instructional practices to support new visual and verbal learners.
References for the Visual literacy project Websites and video links:
- Ford, Shantelle 2010. Visual Literacy: How Do They Do It? Utah State University press