Are you old enough to know who this is?
This blog post title should be read/sung to the tune of Olivia Newton-John's 1981 super-smash single "Physical".
Originally, Olivia wanted the title of the song "Physical" to be "Visual"--you see she understood the importance of visualizing, comprehending, and making inferences in educational settings. The problem was her record label didn't totally agree--so she changed it to "Physical" and the rest is history. True story, I swear. Which brings us full circle to one of my favorite ways to learn--Using Visual Literacy to access understanding of what we see!
"Let's get Visual! Visual!" See, now the song is stuck in your brain and it's become a mind-bottling sensation for visual literacy.
Images (film, video, photos, signs, yada, yada, yada) are all around us. They inundate us, tell us stories, and crave our attention. BUT so many times we (and the students) don't understand the meanings behind them. There's tons of reasons why (too difficult, it takes time and practice, patience, limited prior knowledge, where do we begin). The bottom line is this: understanding, questioning, and making sense of images is a key skill that students need. Not just in school, but in real life--but it's a skill they need to practice.
Would any of us be able to put together an IKEA chair and desk without the assistance of a little visual instructional fortitude? I think not.
I love this quote (and I'm not even a quote guy).
Thinking about visual literacy makes me go back to Pinterest (I'm making a connection).
Why do we love it? PICTURES--immediate understanding, relating, making connections!
How many of us are visual learners? Yup, I am.
Are we building that same base for our students? Probably, but we could always be doing more.
So you're probably asking me: "Matt, how can you help me out because I'm getting real tired of you going on and on about this visual lit stuff." Well, I got you covered because I'm giving you another QR Code Breaker Freebie for Visual Literacy. Insert Oprah's "And You Get A Car" speech here.
A couple of weeks ago I created a QR Code Breaker for Read Aloud Books (find it here). Now I've made this freebie for improving visual literacy skills using pictures and images on the QR Codes. After scanning in the codes the students will see an image and they'll have to answer questions specific to the image that are on the worksheet. See the examples
So, go download this freebie and see what you think. This is a quick and fun activity to get students thinking about exactly what they're seeing (or aren't seeing). It's also an excellent way to create discussion in the classroom about what each individual student takes from seeing each image. We all see from different angles and those differences can help foster a better understanding of images we see every day.
**Don't have tech? No problem. You can do this same thing by picking out images from newspapers, magazines, or graphics around the room. Then have the students answer questions that aren't just "yes or "no". Make them tell you why. Make them explain how they know.
So run, don't walk! Get yourself a copy to try out.
If you like it check out a couple of my other QR Code Adventures.
If you want to see more stop over and visit me at Digital: Divide & Conquer.
It's a total party over there. I mean--it is just crazy.
Come join my Wolfpack.