Why we need more visual texts in our teaching and learning
“Found this fantastic infographic touting the success of infographics. Reading it (or more correctly, viewing it) immediately focused my thoughts on the use of visual texts in classrooms today…Unlike other infographics I link to on Mr G Online, I’m not going to discuss the specific points presented – that would be contradictory to the message of the infographic. I’ll let you get your own meaning from it. However, I am going to reflect on how it made me consider the use of visual texts in education.”
Mark Gleason provides reflection on this interactive infographic (click through to the infographic in the link provided in his post) and his insight will help people in the field of education reflect on their use of visual texts and why we should consider using them more often.
Gleason states "Literacy Education has been dominated by the written word, and to a lesser extent, spoken word in the form schooling has taken over the 100-200 years of formal education as we know it."
Based on information in this infographic he states "If 70% of our sensory receptors are in our eyes, then why do we persist in TALKING so much as teachers?"… an excellent question for us to ponder.
He continues to explore this area in a variety of areas that are found in education.
I posted a link to this infographic in mid-June and this post made me go back to the infographic and look at it again. Consider sharing the infographic and this post with faculty in your school. Reflect on how much you use visuals in your classroom. Ask yourself "Am I meeting the needs of my students? Do I provide visuals as well as written and oral instruction? Would a visual make this easier for my students to understand?
Based on your answers to these questions (and others raised by Gleason) will this change how you work with students in your classroom? Share your thoughts below, or in the post at Geason’s website.
See on mgleeson.edublogs.org