Visual literacy is the reading and writing of visual texts.. Symbols, maps, graphs, illustrations, models, graphics, photos, diagrams, icons, signs, film video SourceS: Ellerman, Unit 1. http://k-8visual.info/
Before and After Visual Literacy Basics are applied…
Font ChoiceBefore CHOOSE A FONT THAT IS PRETTY. USE ALL CAPS TO CAPITVATE YOUR READER Fill the page with as much information as you can UNDErline key words and phrases Use complex bullets and arrows to draw attention to your key points Change your font to keep things lively… All fonts are interchangeable…
Font ChoiceAfter o Type size for presentations can be comfortably read by most readers at size 20-36 pt. o Word shape helps a reader comprehend. o Avoid all capitals even for titles. o Limit your slides to six or less key points. o Use more slides with subtitles if needed. o Avoid using underline except for URLs and references. o Clean clear bullets and fonts like the Roman or Arial font types are best for readability.
Color & ContrastBefore Colors are great for grabbing attention! ▫Bright colors are the best to keep attention! ▫Background colors are cool! Use a different one on each page! ▫Use a lot of exclamation points to make your point!!! Using colors in the same or close contrast is is pretty.
Color & ContrastAfter Dark text on a light background is easy to read. Light text on a dark background is also acceptable. Be certain that the contrast is adequate.
Pictures and ClipArtBefore Photos are good for nonfiction lessons. ClipArt has many fun and entertaining pictures to add to your presentations. ▫Always choose a kid friendly clip art for your slide. ▫Ladybugs make everyone smile. Animated clip art draws the attention of the reader to your slide.
Pictures and ClipArtAfter Photos are good for nonfiction lessons. Parts of a Plant Bloom Stem Leaf Petals
Pictures and ClipArtAfter Use clip art meaningfully. Avoid overuse. ▫Water Cycle Animated clip art can draw attention away from the main idea of your slide. Use animations meaningfully. ▫Precipitation
Entrances & Triggers Powerpoint has exciting animations for entrances and exits! There are fantastic flashing fonts…. ▫A▫And brilliant bouncing ones. Animations can grab your readers’ attention ▫B▫But can it HOLD IT??????? Triggers can take your students to new places… ▫O▫Or old ones….
Entrances & Triggers Powerpoint has exciting animations for entrances and exits! ▫Entrances may slow you down. ▫Make sure they are timed and work properly. There are fantastic flashing fonts…. ▫And brilliant bouncing ones, which may distract your learners. Triggers can take your students to new places… ▫Or old ones….Or old ones…. ▫Can be used for introductions and reviews. Be sure you plan your exits from the triggered page or video.
Comic Sans the teacher’s favorite? Comic Sans font is often seen in Elementary School classrooms. ▫ In fact this is the best use for the font. Comic Sans is not universally accepted as a professionally perfect font. Avoid its use for memos, letters, or email correspondence. ▫ It has an air of the childish… which is great for young children. Arial is perfectly fine for these other needs.
Let’s review fonts… Visual literacy is reading and writing visual texts. Font choice is important. ▫Choose appropriate size. ▫Use capitals and lowercase. Keep key points to 5 or 6 per page. Use underlines for URLs. Clean clear bullets are best. Roman and Arial are best for readability. Colors should be carefully chosen. ▫Light font on dark background. ▫Dark font on light background. ▫Adequate contrast between font color and background. Save the Comic Sans font for the kids!
Let’s review pictures & clip art… Photos are good for nonfiction lessons. Animated clipart can draw attention away from your lesson. Animations can be used significantly. Don’t over use clip art. Use it meaningfully.
Let’s review Entrances & Triggers Use entrances carefully. They can distract readers. Be sure entrances and triggers work properly… technological difficulty can wreck your lesson. Triggers and Hyperlinks can be helpful for introductions and review.
Sources Unit 1 Module Design Module 1 Definition and Perspectives on Visual Literacy, EDLS 618 Radford University Presentation, Fall 2009 by Dr. Ellerman Unit 3 Module 12 Multimedia, EDLS 618 Radford University Presentation, Fall 2009 by Dr. Ellerman. http://k-8visual.info/ Visual Literacy K-8. December 15, 2009.http://k-8visual.info/