Getting People to Read Your Stuff
It could be boring.
It could be poorly written. Or, as stated in this article, we might not just know enough about how people read on the web.
In my own world, I started with my COETAIL blog. I always (try to) go for simple.
But my site was looking a little drab. I typed in search into Pixabay, and it gave me back a much better Header than the Aerial shot of my current abode in China. This simple image change, I think, states my mission in a greater way.
Mission: Search for answers and more questions.
Reading images falls under the umbrella of literacy, right? Working with ELL students, I have used photography to support language skills often. I especially like wordless picture books like Zoom t0 have students practice their verbal or written skills by telling the story themselves. But I should do it more often and in different ways.
We need to treat the language and grammar of the screen exactly the way we learn writing or music or painting. ~ . George Lucas
For whatever reason, I’m an auditory learner. Chances are most of my students are visual learners. And, as George Lucas states, the way kids learn today is worlds away from 19th century style schooling. Music, images, movies are forms of literacy that must be learned and taught, same as math. How can we bring that all together?
This makes me realize that I’m really far behind when it comes to visual learning and infographics.
In terms of supporting teachers from the library, I really need to jump in and know the tools students can use to show their understanding, but it’s also a way for teacher to communicate information. I hope to be ready should the opportunity arise.
More than that, though, the need to use questions like Jamie Mckensie asks:
How can we teach our students to see the deeper meanings implicit in visual material?