A conversation that offers a glimpse into educators’ varying views regarding imagery in the classroom.
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S. Has anyone seen this artcle? https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/05/08/picting-not-writing.aspx visual literacy is the new literacy
A: Our primary way of learning is visual (our brains are designed to have visual memory) as language takes years to develop. I know Eliot well and he is of the mindset that learning is visual and mobile and communal
T: I had read this article. It was so interesting and a bit scary to me – the idea that Snapchat represents a shift from writing to picting. and that disappearing picting attempts to imitate and replace face to face conversation. I think that the author is spot on.
C: I find that in educaton, like in so many other parts of life, we show the weakness of one side or the strength of the other side and then use that to go away from one aproach and to another aproach. It’s sort of like a cartoon of someone with big ears. the cartoon makes his ears huge, it shines a spotlight on them. What’s missing is that we don’t notice any other part of them The rest of the face is only there because the ears are on the face and seeing the contrast is what allows one to see that the ears are so large
Coming to this discussion between about writing and picting, it wounds like comparing hands and legs — we want and need both and actually having hands helps with what the feet need to do and having feet helps with what the hands need to do. So not only don’t they contractict, and not only are they both useful in unrelated ways, they actually help and reinforce one another.
I think that the same is true with pictures and text To have one without the other is to have neither one of them fully. Pctures come from words and words create pictures. And knowing the words without the picture or the picture without the words is not knowing either one of them in its fulness. Pictures are an internal experience that are created and directed by words and words become alive through the pictures they represent and communicate.
I just saw this discussion and as you can probably tell, it’s an area that I’m very passionate about I’ve found that just the text or jut the image is a depriving and incomplete way of connecting and experiencing, and knowing what we are learning. I also realize that this is my personal expereince and is certainly not universal I’m just sharing my experience of it.
The fact that kids use Snapchat so much does not equal that we in school need to swallow it whole. Kids are still limited by pics in the web or even pics they’ll take. But imagination? Wil some kids draw? Sure. Some even on the computer but to fully express an idea they’ll use words.
Pics can help expand ideas, turn things in their heads but to fully explore and express these ideas in intricate, subtle and sensitive means we need to educate kids to express precisely with their words.
Pics add, no doubt, but don’t replace.
I really believe writing is a/the most important skill we need to teach — but visual literacy needs to be there too. Don’t certain images evoke thought and feelings with a speed and intensity that words often can’t match? I’m not sure I want/need words with a ic. You’d have to be a poet of a pretty high order to succinctly express the power and emotion of that image.
I do agree about needing the balance — and I think that is what the youth of today has lost — the balance! So now we need to ask ourselves how we can make writing a engaging to our students as picting is
E: I believe its not just about writing or not It’s about the analytical process It’s about being able to express an idea accurately
Why is there no need for words if you see the picure? Maybe because the message is so clearto you But do I, as a non-American, see the same as you do?
I think there’s a danger by pics to loose accuracy. We risk keeping things vague.
S: I got a headache thnking about seeing thunder and hearing lightning but I personally learn visually and love the creativity and inspiration it inspires. I thnk reflection on images is key to allowing students to process what they are being asked, and to internalize change.
B: That’s always important to keep in mind. There is the conceptual part of any discusson and then there’s the reality, I think it’s certain that there are different learners that learn in different ways. S there isn’t one way that works for everyone and not even general parameters that work for everyone. Thanks for that reminder.