Learning with our eyes

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.

As a librarian, I really need to pay attention to web design tips and tricks, because I have no idea. This guy, Jakob Nielsen, apparently, knows everything there is to know.

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?

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One Response to Learning with our eyes

  1. Whoa. I really like the header picture of the eyeball and it goes so nicely with your title, “Learning with our eyes.” Then as I continued reading and came across the article 13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics, I definitely had a clear vision of what I need to do as a writer/blogger to get people to read what I am writing. I was so engaged in the article with the moving backgrounds and the connections between each part… If only I knew how to make that.

    Have you made an infographic before? I don’t know if you got a chance to read my last blog post, but at our school, we have updated our newsletters and I still feel like they are too wordy. Our population is mostly non-native English speakers and the parents are not able to read English, although we still focus on writing a very lengthy newsletter each week. What does your school do? What do you do as the librarian? Do you write a newsletter? How do you keep families up to date on what is happening in the library? I feel like pictures or an infographic may be beneficial. It feels like a challenge but, I may try convincing our school board we need to step away from the wordiness of our weekly newsletters.


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