Visual literacy beyond the Art roomThe Dieline, will quickly cement that idea. Most of us know great design when we see it. We don't have to know fine art to be visually literate.
Also, it's easy to say that the art teacher can and should cover this. Unfortunately, as many a Science teacher has discovered, you may need to review the math you want to see the students do correctly in today's lab, even though the students have a math class. If we want to see good design, it may help to set up some simple techniques and require the students to use them. We don't need to teach "Art". We sometimes just need to remind students that it's important in this class too. Further, as Garr Reynolds notes, "Can't students become better business leaders tomorrow by learning to become better design thinkers today? Aren't design thinking, design mindfulness, and creative thinking valuable aptitudes for all professionals" (Presentation Zen, p. 31-32). This is a 21'st century skill, and we're all responsible for those. Again, for more arguments in favor of this notion, check out Part 1.
You can do thisThree simple tricks and techniques you can use to improve visual literacy in your classroom.
Okay, for the next few posts in this series I'll shoot out three tips to use in your own classroom design and to share with your students for projects. This week we'll look at three visual tricks that work great in multimedia projects or large visual formats. One is specifically for presentations, like Power Point. The other two are more general and can work in Voicethread, Animoto, paper posters, etc.
As we approach the start of a new school year, consider using these tricks in your own presentations, handouts, and posters. I bet you'll be pleased with the results!
Trick 1: Pecha KuchaOkay, this isn't so much a trick as it is a policy you can use to avoid bad Power Point. As explained on the official Pecha-kucha.org website, "PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images." That's it! What makes this techniques awesome is what it lacks.
- No bullets
- No text
- No collages (1 pic per slide)
- No crazy sound effects or animated transitions
- Know his or her material
- Be concise
- keep moving
Trick 2: Supersize it!For this trick, we'll visit John McWade at "Before & After"
This trick seems so simple, yet it alludes so many of us. This is a trick you may have already been tricked into using if you use Pecha Kucha (see above) correctly. Notice, it says "PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds". It does not say you show 20 slides with images on. The assumption is that your image fills the whole slide... Thus, you've supersized it!