Digital Literacies 2: Visual Information Literacy
The sheer quantity of images available online, and the ease of creating and manipulating them by digital means, makes it crucial students learn to evaluate visual information in the same way they evaluate textual information. Although some of that work can be done by the same means as evaluating any information source, critically “reading” each type of visual information — photographs, charts, maps, or “infographics” — requires special skill and a unique thought process. This module, the second in a series on Digital Literacies, explores those thought processes in detail and considers how you can teach them at various grade levels.
1.0 CEU (general, digital learning)
Alignment to North Carolina standards
- North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
- 3. Teachers know the content they teach.
- c. Teachers recognize the interconnectedness of content areas/disciplines.
- 4. Teachers facilitate learning for their students.
- c. Teachers use a variety of instructional methods.
- d. Teachers integrate and utilize technology in their instruction.
- e. Teachers help students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
- NC Digital Learning Competencies for Classroom Teachers
- 3. Digital Content and Instruction: Teachers will know and use appropriate digital tools and resources for instruction.
- c. Identify, evaluate, and utilize appropriate digital tools and resources to challenge students to create, think critically, solve problems, establish reliability, communicate their ideas, collaborate effectively.
- d. Immerse students in exploring relevant issues and analyze authentic problems through digital tools and resources.
Participants will create the following in completing this module, and
central office staff may, at their discretion, request these work products before granting CEUs.
- Reflection journal
- Process guide for reading photographs (customized)
- Outline of lesson or activity incorporating photographs
- Chart or infographic (created digitally)
- Digital Tools Assessment worksheet