The ability to decode, interpret, create, question, challenge and evaluate visual images, and multi-media. Visually literate people can read the intended meaning in a visual text, interpret the purpose and intended meaning, and evaluate the form, structure and features.
What is seen with the eye and what is “seen” with the mind.
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Teaching Visual Literacy & Communications
A great video - dealing with the importance of visual literacy and suggesting
the renaming of English of Language Arts to Communication.
The Importance of Visual Literacy
From the master himself - the Grammar of Visual Literacy is important to understand. What you’re doing is training the eye and the heart of the student, to look at a film in a different way, by asking questions and pointing to different ideas, different concepts and suggestions.
How does the image make me feel? Why?
What colours are used? What do they Evoke?
What appeals to you about the image?
What techniques are used to produce the image? What impact does the technique have?
What can you tell about the characters? Are they friendly or ferocious?
What do you think the illustrator wished to convey?
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Include the Visual Literacy questions as well as ...
What do you think about this video? What is the visual message?
Who's perspective is it from? Focus your eyes ears and hearts
What sort of images are used, closeups, extreme closeups, long shots, wide shots etc. What are they doing? Who do you identify with?
What is the tone? What transitions are used? How long are the cuts?
What impact does this have? What is the music like?
Is it soft, loud , fast slow what style is it?
How does the music impact on the message?
What persuasive techniques are used?
Gopher Broke 4.20m is about a poor little gopher that can't find any food.
Trouble in Paradise 4.26m Love this one. Great to discuss emotions.
The Egyptian Pyramids 3.35m
Cairo, 1920, an archaeologist is about to discover the secret of the Egyptian Pyramids. this one was recommended by my friend Paul. The kids laughed like drains. You can stop it at 1.13m 0r at 2.35m and ask the kids what will happen next, discussion, writing prompt, image, whatever you like.
For the Birds by Pixar - 3.25m we turned the sound off and wrote a dialogue script for this, including correct speech marks. Lot's of fun. The kids then read their script as a voice over.
The Box 7m - Great for discussions on Point of View(POV) and relative size.
Hey Deer! by Ors Barczy 6.15m A great little Christmas story with a surprise ending.
VISUAL LITERACY- Why We Need It - Brian Kennedy - 16m
Great video for Staff meetings. Get the ball rolling with this video.
Amazing - were you tricked - did you say WOW!
What does this mean for Visual Literacy
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