December 2008 Blog Posts (6)

What texts do you find helpful or valuable?

I maintain a national media literacy web site: The Media Literacy Clearinghouse,, and I have a visual literacy page with various resources, including texts. I am interested in what texts you find useful, especially with K-12 students. Thanks !

Added by Frank W. Baker on December 31, 2008 at 12:52pm — 3 Comments

Media Literacy

Media Literacy

The Center for Media Literacy defines Media Literacy as a: “21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate and create messages in a variety of forms—from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.” As a nation, we are beginning to realize that more and more Americans are… Continue

Added by Timothy Gangwer on December 29, 2008 at 10:31am — 1 Comment

Martin Scorsese: Teaching Visual Literacy

Martin Scorsese: Teaching Visual Literacy

A conversation on the importance of -- and relationship between -- films and education.

by Douglas Cruickshank

The Story of Movies is "an interdisciplinary curriculum introducing students to classic cinema and the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film." Designed to teach students how to "read" the visual language of film, it is a project of the Film Foundation, established in 1990 by acclaimed filmmaker Martin… Continue

Added by Timothy Gangwer on December 23, 2008 at 12:05pm — No Comments

How Are You Smart?

“How smart are you?” is now irrelevant. A more powerful new question is, “How are you smart?” How many of us remember when a calculator and typewriter were considered the height of technology? We are in the midst of a profound paradigm shift. We are moving from a period in which the language of production and manufacturing dominated our way of seeing the world to a time when ideas about information and communication shape our discourse. Some philosophers argue that we are actually in the midst… Continue

Added by Timothy Gangwer on December 22, 2008 at 10:25am — No Comments

Food for Thought

It’s hard to argue with the observation that the generation of students now moving into and through our educational system is by far the most visually stimulated generation that system has ever had to teach. In fact, research shows that 65% of our students are visual learners. The human brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text. Visual teaching can improve classroom learning up to 400 percent!

Added by Timothy Gangwer on December 20, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments


Welcome everyone! You have been invited to this social network as a friend, family member, colleague, or one of the many educators who have participated in one or more of the Visual Impact, Visual Teaching Workshop Series. This network is intended to provide a communal platform for you to share ideas, strategies, research and all the incredible things taking place in your visual teaching classrooms. This is a network for questions and answers, and opportunities to generate out-of-the-box… Continue

Added by Timothy Gangwer on December 20, 2008 at 12:06pm — No Comments

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