imagegenerators.jpgVisual information is everywhere online, and the importance of being visually literate cannot be overstated. Visual literacy has been identified as an essential literacy by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills; and with the development of the tools and contributory capacity of Web 2.0, it is critical that schools focus on helping students acquire the skills necessary to navigate, evaluate, and to communicate with visual information. Read more at Web 2.0 and the New Visual Literacy.

Will Richardson, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, provides several convincing reasons for using images to deepen and stretch meaning:
  • Images supplemented with notes and details provide a rich tapestry of the learner's current understanding
  • Images can be used as a means of inquiry - to reflect, to predict, and to question
  • Images verbalize a learner's visualization of read text.

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