I’m continuing with some details about my working definition of digital literacy. (See https://wordpress.com/post/54145519/160/.) The last posts were about metacognition and information literacy. Today’s post is about visual literacy.
Visual literacy for me is obtaining meaning from and correctly relating images to each other so that they enhance your understanding of the world around you.
Dr. Todd Finley in his Edutopia blog post* gives a terrific and short definition for visual literacy. He writes that visual literacy should help students “think through, think about, and think with pictures”.
As we see and interpret images long before we understand the written language, the opportunity to teach youngsters to comprehend the direct and the implied message of images starts right away! The challenge for we digital immigrants to teach visual literacy to digital natives with all that technology exposes us to is sometimes daunting.
Yet the sooner we start, the sooner we will see success!
Share your thoughts!
* http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ccia-10-visual-literacy-strategies-todd-finley. (View his post to see specific strategies he gives for teaching visual literacy.)