Images Capture Interest
So much information presented as text can be replaced by visuals. Images grab our attention, set the scene, take us back in time, stimulate interest in the grand scale of the universe all the way down to the arrangement of atoms in matter.
There are so many ways images can be used in blogs for teaching and learning. Here are just a few suggestions.
- Students can express their individuality on their “About Me” pages. I’ve used these websites to create a variety of self portraits and presented them as a poster using Glogster.
Conveying messages by adding text. The same websites were used again to create these images, presented as a collage, made in Photovisi . For example, it would be fun for students to use images in this way to blog about safety rules in the science lab. What about students taking photos of their science experiment? (this puts to good use all of those mobile phones hiding in bags, pockets and pencil cases) Instead of handing in a report see if they can visually represent The Scientific Method.
- Presenting a research project. I used slideshare to display these images about the story of Titanic.
- Displaying the world in minute detail. This collage was made in Photovisi.
At the beginning of every year, when students take out their science books for the first time, notice how they love to flip through the pages and chat about the glossy images?
Lately I’ve been thinking about how brainstorming can be such a useful activity at the beginning of a new topic. I used to think it was about asking students to call out words that were randomly written on the white board…and that’s it. Oh dear…my facilitation of such an activity was questionable in the early days. There are many ways to do it, rules to follow, do’s and don’ts as well as web tools to use.
I took a light hearted approach and brainstormed some ideas myself about how it should be done.
Click on this link for a closer look at this poster.
What procedures and tools work the best for you in class?
The possibilities with Glogster are endless…as is the time one can spend creating with it. I thoroughly enjoyed making this poster and can see that presenting ideas this way will be so versatile in the classroom. Students who are easily overwhelmed and struggle to get started may need some guidelines on what to include in their poster. For example, if you are studying “Environmental Science” a student could pick a topic of interest…. maybe pollution in their local creek. They could take a few photographs of the area, include those with a map, create and embed a ToonDoo animation about preventing pollution, some text (not too much as it is a poster), images of art they have created themselves etc. With some structure they should be able to complete the task in a set period of time.
Just on a personal note….I don’t believe in cruelty to animals but included the unfortunate fly because it reminds me so much of many teenage boys I have encountered during my career. As you know, they love to fiddle, gouge their names into desktops, stab things and stick anything into the Bunsen burner flame.
Click here to take a look at my poster.