Learner Generated Visuals
What is an image?
The Macmillan dictionary, as well as referring to the picture you see on a computer or TV screen, or a photo, painting, etc, describes image as a picture or idea of something in your mind
Scott McCloud, a very well respected American cartoonist and comics theorist, says:
… which in terms of learning is really important. But just going a little deeper, Nick Sousanis, a comics artist and educator who wrote his thesis (in comic book format) about modes of understanding, said:
Which suggests that as teachers we need to be making use in our classrooms of more than just words.
Classrooms are pretty complex places – the context is ever changing.
I’ve paraphrased here, but the applied linguist Kumaravadivelu talked about how:
So teachers need insight into a variety of classroom strategies that are considered generally effective for learning – a toolkit, if you will.
Robert Marzano, by the way, is an education researcher. He and John Hattie are the two big names in Evidence Based Teaching.
So graphic representations led me to thinking about …
I use the term visuals (rather than images) here, as the term includes images but steps into the realm of images that help to explain something.
I use visuals a lot in my own studies and thought processes. In my blog posts, lesson reflections, and note making.
And what I find is that: (some of these are extracts from my reflective essay, by the way) As Nick Sousanis says: But how does this relate to teaching? Well, Tomlinson talks about the positive effects of helping L2 readers to visualise.
Now, just jumping back slightly…
Paul asked us to look into this thing called ‘infographics’. And I thought, “infographics, infographics, what is that?”
And then I thought about it – information represented graphically. And I remembered these books I have – one of which I bought several years ago – by this fantastic guy called David McCandless.
So then I had a look at Nik Peachey’s blog, and found this:
So I decided I wanted to play around with creating one of these infographics, and I decided on the topic of learner generated visuals – because it’s clearly something I’m really interested in. So I used a website called VISME.
And this is as far as I got…
Before this happened:
And then I decided to recreate it in Smart Art…
Which do you prefer? Interestingly, many of my colleagues said they prefer the hand drawn version, as it has more ‘life’ to it. But I did wonder whether the computerised version looked more professional.
But not one to give up, I did go back and finish the Visme infographic: