From Now On
The Educational Technology Journal
|Vol 13|No 2|October|2003|
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Making wise choices, whether it be the selection of a governor, a cancer treatment or a photograph for a lesson, puts us at the top of Bloom's Taxonomy and requires at least two things:
A group of educators in White Plains, New York, wrestled with this choice of photograph recently and came up with an Inspiration diagram to outline the criteria they would apply to the task.
Slam Dunk Digital Lessons
The whole idea of a slam dunk digital lesson is simplicity, efficiency and ease of use. The lesson lasts a single class period but is well organized, reliable and challenging. The thinking required to interpret the deeper meanings of the image tends to match the tough standards required by most states.
Images can provoke deep thought if they are selected with that quality in mind and the ensuing discussion is orchestrated by the teacher to encourage a wide range of response.
As mentioned earlier, teachers may create their own digital collections by taking advantage of digital cameras. They may also engage their students in collecting images to match the curriculum focus. (See FNO article, "The New Vertical File" at http://fno.org/oct00/vertical.html. Finally, they may take advantage of the collections available on the Web.
Collections on the Web often raise issues of copyright. When teachers build lessons around images, they need to consider whether the images are public domain or proprietary. Because there are few restrictions on public domain images, these tend to be the best source for digital lessons.
A particularly good listing of public domain images has been compiled by Joyce Valenza at http://mciunix.mciu.k12.pa.us/%7espjvweb/cfimages.html.
Other visual literacy resources:
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Credits: The photographs were shot by Jamie McKenzie.
The artwork for The Slam Dunk logo was done
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