Monday, July 31, 2017

Visual Literacy - Using Images to Elicit Thought and Conversations

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    There is real value in using images to promote thought, provoke feelings, and to elicit conversations. Images help us learn, images grab attention, images explain tough concepts, and inspire.
    We are very visual creatures. A large percentage of the human brain dedicates itself to visual processing. Our love of images lies with our cognition and ability to pay attention. Images are able to grab our attention easily, we are immediately drawn to them. Think about this blog, for example: did you look at the words first, or the image?
    In a world where we are bombarded by stimuli, we often seek the easiest and most fluent way of acquiring and learning information. Reading can be a slow and time-consuming activity. It takes a lot longer to read a long sentence than to analyze a visual scene.

Provocative Satirical Artwork by Pawel Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski is a Polish artist that specializes in satirical illustration. Born in 1976 in Szczecin, Poland, he graduated with a graphics degree from the Fine Arts Academy in Poznan. Pawel has been focusing on satire since 2004 and has garnered nearly a hundred prizes and distinctions since then.
Much of his artwork deals with serious themes such as poverty, greed, politics and mortality. While his subject matter is stark, his illustrative style is whimsical and cartoonish. This provides great contrast and makes his work interesting to analyze. I find his artwork lends itself to be used to provoke student’s thoughts on current political issues and lifestyle choices.


Below you will find a curated selection of Pawel’s provocative illustrations: 
Control

Fat Mouse

Press

Snowman

Voting

Kuczynski’s work is clever in that if gets you thinking long before you know the signifigance behind his message. In that way it challenges us to re-examine our preconceived notions – or even the notions we ignore – giving us a chance to reassess our thinking.
Observation Chart Strategy

Observation charts are a type of inquiry chart that stimulate students’ curiosity. They build background information while providing teachers with a diagnostic tool. And they provide opportunities for language support from peers. During an observation chart, I use real pictures or paintings attached to white poster paper or butcher paper that contain a theme (e.g., food from a culture, ways of transportation, games a culture plays, etc.). My students walk around from observation chart to observation chart and write down either a question they're wondering about, a comment they'd like to make, or just an observation (i.e., statement of fact).  
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Observation charts are a great way to engage students in learning new content, as it allows them to observe real images from the content being learned, to make observations, ask questions, and make comments about what they are observing. This document outlines how to implement this strategy in your classroom, as well as providing some real examples of observation charts. Use this as a diagnostic tool to gather information on what your students already know. Also, refer to them throughout the unit to change, revise, or add onto the charts as they are learning the content.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Delivering instruction through Web-Based Platform & Digital Portfolios

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e-Portfolios

An ePortfolio is a digital collection of learning artifacts including presentations, essays, rich media resources and records of accomplishments representing work by an individual or group. 

You can use ePortfolios to:

·      Create and monitor progress on formative assessments
·      Provide a secure, online, permanent storage space for students to prove prior learning and skills
·      Allow for students to differentiate between professional and social personas in the digital environment
·      Facilitate transfer of student portfolios to other institutions or into the workplace
·      Encourage reflective practice to deeper understanding of subject matter and learning trajectory
·      Conduct competency conversations using multiple media

Instructional Strategies in having an e-Portfolio for Students:

Assessment: Using an ePortfolio to share the ongoing development of a formative assessment task allows timely intervention and feedback for students who need additional scaffolding.

Group Collaboration: individuals, fostering successful group dynamics by allowing constant sharing of information and resources, can work large and difficult projects on simultaneously and collectively. This can translate to more productive students and prepare them for engaging in the workforce.

Commentary and Analysis: Rich media objects can be shared and annotated by individuals or groups to co-construct knowledge. 

Long or short term projects: ePortfolios can transcend individual units or subjects and integrate all facets of student activity. Concepts that seem unrelated early in the learning trajectory can be integrated holistically, supporting and extending the lifelong learning experience.

Edmodo Pros

  1. Classroom discussions. A teacher is able to pose a question and students were able to respond and discuss it, often times at home.
  2. Posting assignments. Teachers were able to post assignments and students were able to see them all the time, even when they are absent.
  3. Going paperless. Edmodo helped us make the transition to going paperless.

Edmodo Cons

  1. Class discussions were incredibly helpful, but were not easily threadable, causing students to not always be able to respond to each other.
  2. Connecting with Google Drive was hit and miss, and in general required a lot of training and troubleshooting, even for our more technologically advanced teachers.


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