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The ability to decode, interpret, create, question, challenge and evaluate visual images, and multi-media. Visually literate people can read the intended meaning in a visual text, interpret the purpose and intended meaning, and evaluate the form, structure and features.

What is seen with the eye and what is “seen” with the mind.


Visual Literacy Questions

How does the image make me feel? Why?

What colours are used? What do they Evoke?

What appeals to you about the image?

What techniques are used to produce the image? What impact does the technique have?

What can you tell about the characters? Are they friendly or ferocious?

What do you think the illustrator wished to convey?


Audio Visual Questions

Include the above and add:-

What do you think about this video?

What is the visual message?

Who's perspective is it from?

Focus your eyes ears and hearts

What sort of images are used, closeups, extreme closeups, long shots, wide shots etc.

What are they doing?

Who  do you identify with?

What is the tone?

What transitions are used?

How long are the cuts? What impact does this have?

What is the music like? Is it soft, loud , fast slow what style is it?

How does the music impact on the message?

What persuasive techniques are used?



Gopher Broke 4.20m

This video is about a poor little gopher that can't find any food.



Trouble in Paradise 4.26m

Love this one. Great to discuss emotions.


The Egyptian Pyramids 3.35m

Cairo, 1920, an archaeologist is about to discover the secret of the Egyptian Pyramids. this one was recommended by my friend Paul. The kids laughed like drains. You can stop it at 1.13m 0r at 2.35m and ask the kids what will happen next, discussion, writing prompt, image, whatever you like.


of course the fabulous

For the Birds by Pixar - 3.25m we turned the sound off and wrote a dialogue script for this, including correct speech marks. Lot's of fun. The kids then read their script as a voice over.


The Box 7m - Great for discussions on Point of View(POV) and relative size.


Hey Deer! by Ors Barczy 6.15m A great little Christmas story with a surprise ending.


Great chart for various visualisation methods across all subjects check out the live site and rollover different Elements for visuals of the different methods.


- Why We Need It  Brian Kennedy

Great video for Staff meetings. Get the ball rolling with this video.


George Lucas

Teaching Visual Literacy & Communications

A great video - dealing with the importance of visual literacy and suggesting the renaming of English of Language Arts to Communication



Martin Scorsese

the Importance of Visual Literacy

From the master himself - the Grammar of visual literacy is important to understand. What you’re doing is training the eye and the heart of the student to look at a film in a different way by asking questions and pointing to different ideas, different concepts, suggestions.



Media Smarts: Kids Learn How to Navigate the Multimedia World

Critical-thinking skills -- and fluency in multimedia production -- are integral to media literacy.




This is a big step Towards Sentient Robots 3-Sweep: Extracting Editable Objects from a Single Photo

Importance of this new Technique Geosymantic Projection

This new technique is important because it appears to have encapsulated very effectively the semantic aspect of understanding 3D objects. Now that it's so precisely defined, the task of moving this into a robot should be much easier.



Camera Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

A must watch video. Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look "around" corners or see inside the body without X-rays.

ASK students to take notes and invent a superhero with this new Power.

ASK students to describe how light moves in slow motion.


EYE - be Amazed

Amazing - were you tricked - did you say WOW! What does this mean for visual Literacy


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