Making meaning with visuals

9/11/2015

Communication in today’s world is heavily reliant on visual resources.  Text and information is often presented via a variety of multimodal means designed to engage and stimulate a response.  For example:   

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  • Youtube videos
  • Infographics
  • Graphic comic style
  • Animation
  • Filtered/photoshopped images.

Students can enhance their knowledge of text, information and other material by critically analysing associated visuals.  Understanding how visuals work in texts to communicate meaning, especially in conjunction with other elements such as print and sound is essential for literacy, today and in the future.  To do this, teachers need to prompt students to question visuals:

  • How are they created and how does this affect the meaning e.g. portrait, action shot, still life images etc.
  • What type of visual is it and how does it interact with the text to make meaning e.g diagram, graph, infographic, animation, map, timeline etc.
  • Use of angles, filter colours, focus etc. 

Students can also apply their knowledge of image composition for meaning and construct their own images using technology devices with cameras and applying editing and filtering features using various applications.  See the images and text created by students at St Bernadette’s Lalor Park

 

Related resources

The following resource can assist teachers in developing critical thinking skills in students around images and text:

Email lex@parra.catholic.edu.au to borrow the following related resource:
The shape of text to come: how image and text work by Jon Callow.

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Posted By Lisa Nash at 10/11/2015 9:18:27 AM
 
   
  
 
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