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MAGAZINE ISSUE 40: Visual Learning
October 2013

This month ideas about and techniques for visual learning.

Article: Visual Learning
New Resources
Mike's Books
Additional Resources

This Month's Article:

Visual Learning

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Visual Learning An Article looking at the theory and practice of using images, diagrams, photos etc. to improve enjoyment and achievement in learning.

We are visual creatures. Visual things stay put, whereas sounds fade.
Steven Pinker

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Teaching & Learning, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Visual Learning Learning Styles
A Magazine is an iPad that Doesn't Work
"A magazine is an iPad that does not work": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXV-yaFmQNk

What implications do you reckon this 1m25s clip has for teaching and learning (it's from 2011 by the way). Whether we like it or not, our classrooms are filling up with Generation Z digital natives (born 1995-2009) whose future relationship with visual media is both exciting and unpredictable. How should we respond? Stubbornly stand at the front, Midas-like, expecting children to learn as we did? Or step aside to watch an army of tablets march in and take over? Or maybe a little of both with a non-technological twist.

Why Visual?
Visual (Teaching and) Learning is where ideas, concepts, data and information are associated with, and presented through, non-linguistic methods. Marzano (2003) suggests that visual and linguistic representations offered simultaneously to pupils can improve learning. And Coffield's research (2004) proposes that pupils benefit most from mixed-modality teaching rather than by skewing it to individual preferences. And there is no shortage of material. Photographs, maps, diagrams, charts, infographics, drawings, film etc. are at our fingertips digitally and instantly - or available more traditionally on shelves, in archives, books and on walls.

More than a Tablet
A risk when focussing on Visual Learning is that we associate it ONLY with new technology and easy access. A combination of new and established methods is worth a try. For example, let's say we're looking at the local environment, near to your school. Within seconds we could have a satellite image on screen, annotated with traffic flows, weather reports and community information. There's a place for this. However, a trip to (or a visit from) the local library or county archive service, with a patient search for old area maps, and the discovery that the school was actually built over a railway line, brings a different sort of satisfaction. In the first task, it's a quick win. In the second we need some grit and determination, a focus and more time. But the result can be richer, deeper, more memorable and engaging.

Resources
This month's resources offer you a range of ideas for embedding visual learning without it being a chore ("Oh no, and I've got to include a picture as well"). It's not always possible to balance out visual and linguistic ideas within each lesson, but with a reason to try (see above) it should be pretty straightforward to do so regularly over a week or term.

New Resources:

1 Pic Thinking

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1 Pic Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering straightforward techniques for making effective use of single images to support learning.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Visual Learning Visual Thinking Learning Styles
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1 Pic Thinking Powerpoint

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1 Pic Thinking Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint, to help you quickly and easily embed the ideas in 1 Pic Thinking into lessons.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Visual Thinking, Teaching & Learning, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Visual Learning Visual Thinking
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Science Think Sheet - General Concepts

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Science Think Sheet - General Concepts A Think Sheet looking at Scientific thinking such as questionning and hypothesis creation.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Science, Secondary

Tags: Science Visual Thinking
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Additional Resources:

Thinking Classroom Archive:

If you have Teacher Premium Membership you have access to the Teacher's Toolbox with 5 new visual activities a week.

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Doodle Thinking

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Doodle Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that reframes the concept of doodling, turning it into a powerful learning technique.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Memory Skills, Visual Thinking, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Doodling Visual Thinking Learning Styles
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Me Thinking

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Me Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool using simple infographics for pupils to think about the fine detail of their learning and aspirations.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Meta Cognition, Learning Styles, PSHE, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Personal Development Personalised Learning Learning Styles
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Science Think Sheet - Space & Planets

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Science Think Sheet - Space & Planets A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for thinking creatively about Astronomy.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Science, Junior

Tags: Creativity Astronomy Space Planets
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Science Think Sheet - Weather & Seasons

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Science Think Sheet - Weather & Seasons A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas applied to weather and the seasons.

Categories: Think Sheet, Science, Junior, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: Weather Seasons
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Science Think Sheet - Periodic Table

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Science Think Sheet - Periodic Table Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for looking at elements' properties and categories.

Categories: Think Sheet, Science, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: Periodic Table
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Science Think Sheet - Investigation

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Science Think Sheet - Investigation A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas for prompting investigative thinking and planning, and for developing a scientific mindset.

Categories: Think Sheet, Science, Secondary, Thinking Skills

Tags: Investigation
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Books:

Information is Beautiful
by David McCandless

Information is Beautiful <br>by David McCandless The definitive gallery of informative, thought-provoking, visual data. A huge range of inspiring infographics covering multiple subject areas. Use it to inspire older pupils to create their own IGs and to help them access knowledge in engaging ways.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Learning Styles

Tags: Data Infographic Visual Thinking


Websites:

Information is Beautiful Website

Information is Beautiful Website The website associated with the book Information is Beautiful by David McCandless.

www.informationisbeautiful.net/

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Categories: Websites, Learning Styles

Tags: Data Infographic Visual Thinking



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