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Visual Literacy

Information Literacy Project- Student PPT

B ellringer
- Voice level 2
- Group Work Library Tables

View the 4 different infographics at
your group table.
Discuss your findings with your
elbow partners.
Answer the questions on your
bellringer worksheet.
Post your findings on Padlet (use
the ipads).
Reflect upon your classmates
Get your brains active!

Now that we have discussed the

infographics as a class. Complete the
K-W-L chart to assess where you are in
your understanding of visual literacy &
W hat is Visual Literacy?
If you can read a map, draw a diagram or interpret
symbols then you are visually literate.
Visual literacy is the reading and writing of visual texts.
Visual literacy is the ability to decode, interpret, create,
question, challenge and evaluate texts that
communicate with visual images as well as, or rather
than words.
Visual literacy plays a key role in many modes of
communication so it is important to for us to understand
within the classroom and for the real world.
How do you READ images?
Words are made up of particular letters to make a word which
conveys meaning.
Images are made up of many different techniques to give an
intentional meaning to the viewer.
Images are NOT random.
You already READ images
You pick out T-shirts based on your ability to read them
You recognize which bathroom you should use by the sign
You judge people and musicians based on their image
You even choose clothes, music, cars, and mobile-phones
based on the way they look- and the image youre going for!
* Here is the kicker- you read these things subconsciously
because youve grown up in the age of technology and media
where everything is shown by VISUAL IMAGES!
Images can say a lot more..
than just words in much faster time than it takes to read
words which describes the image or idea or object or
Why is this important?
In the 21st century, a great deal of information is given to use through
Movie covers
Cell phones
How do you READ images?
Objects & Shapes: represent people, animals,
places, or objects
Some objects are associated with certain emotions
and feelings.
An object can be a symbol e.g. a lion is an animal
but can also be used to symbolize bravery.
READING continued:
Sizing: size of the object shows interest.
Important objects are usually large and located in the
Small objects that are in the background are considered less

Setting: have symbolic significance and influence our

response to a graphic.
Dry, country pictures bring up ideas of ruggedness and
Soft, green, rural pictures suggest peace and richness
Make a connection:
Infographics play a key role in visual literacy. An
infographic is a visualization that uses words and
pictures to make a point or tell a story.
Through graphs, charts, and tables, the creator exhibits
evidence for analysis, and the analysis process can
lead to deeper thinking and richer engagement.
Thats the goal, right?
Infographics in School?
Infographics are being used more frequently and in
more places, like news broadcasting, social media,
and advertising.
In education, infographics often appear in textbooks
and handouts as static text features or graphic
organizers. They support the material being presented,
and allow for deeper learning/connections.
How will we apply this new skill?

Research Project
Research Project Overview
Project Steps:
Next steps
View the video tutorial on how to locate sources, some
important notes about infographic creation, and how to format
your google slide.
All your worksheets are on the front table- make sure you follow
along and refer to directions when confused.