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Visual Learning: integration into teaching and learning

Augmented Reality

MS Research

Media Scapes



Schools in my area were given an Elmo L1N to play with, and those who had someone keen are very enthusiastic, especially some of the Early Years folk who are using them with no computer and a monitor for child initiated activity looking at objects, zooming close, and snapping a photo (which goes onto an SD card) then they play it back as a slide show and can talk about their pictures. Very simple yet effective.  

GPS tracker

We're excited about the use of a GPS mini tracker and photography for trails


World Browser


Issues with software inter-operability where schools have a mix of board types.

Caution: new technologies can reinforce old ways of teaching.

Question: How to go from IWB to Integrate Digital Learning Systems?

Catalyst to Change Teaching

"Board" only as good as the questions we ask

Must become student tool, Beyond content delivery, Beyond remediation and practice, Beyond Teacher directed lessons, Beyond whole class

How "visual" are the boards? How much text. How many "powerpoint" type bulleted presentations?

Digital cameras

Digital video

Learning platforms

Serve as a repository for digital assets.

Personal Device

WiFi enabled personal device with web browser. Access and save resources for learning on the go, and/or anytime/ anywhere learning.


Student, PDA, iPod Touch, iPhone, NetBook

Interactive Response Systems

SMART Senteo




Question: Are we using these devices mainly for lower level thinking (testing) or deeper questions that involve critical and creative thinking?

USB Microscope

For Science obviously, but also art, geology, geography .......


Adobe Creative Suite: very powerful, but issues with complexity and cost.

Channel 4 Clipbank

Online Video, WatchKnow, SchoolTube, Youtube, BBC Class Clips, BrainPop, United Steaming, National Geographic

Classroom Control Software


AB Tutor

NET Support

IWB Apps



Google SketchUp


Voice Thread

Mind Mapping


Importance of Diagram and Integrated outline, "left" and "right" brain thinking, Visual and Linear structure

Inspiration - more than mind mapping, Kidspiration, Webspiration (on-line), UDL tool, Beyond Visual, embedded digital media, switch from map to linear text, Structure and Design to support thinking and understanding

Curriculum applications

Digital assets

The school learning platform serves as a repository for visual assets.

Used for revision

Re-purposed for collaboration

Students prepare for forthcoming lessons

Close-up demonstrations of processes & techniques

Extended Learning

Written language

visual structure (writing frameworks)

colour to support construction and develop of ideas

images, Connections, Understanding, Memory

Inspiration software, visual structure integrated with linear structure, Visual (colour/image) to support development of written language, Record, support visual with embedded audio, support memory for writing, "Gradual Reveal", Slowly reveal structure, reduce visual "clutter"

Concept Attainment

concept mapping

digital (beyond graphic) organizers

Critical Thinking

Visually structure ideas and thoughts

teach various methods and models, matrix, Charts, cycles, sequence

Reading Comprehension




visual support

Pre teaching concept evaluation

Post teaching re-evaluation

shared knowledge gathering

enhancing planning for differentiated delivery

Visual Literacy

How can pupils engage with visual learning unless visual literacy is being developed as a refined skill?

Pedagogical applications

Professional Learning beyond Staff development

Skills-based CPD

Changing teaching and learning

Beyond linear - note taking, words only, text-bound information

Teaching beyond our own preferred learning style

Cross-curricular resource use

warning: cognitive overload

can be avoided through structure, design colour and image

Universal Design for Learning

Problem-based and Project-based Learning

Case studies

Ford Madox Brown painting

The aim of this bit is to show you how different teachers have used the VLE. This time we’re going to visit Sophia in the History department. I have attached some screenshots of Sophia’s courses with this e-mail Example uses in History department (pdf) The history department are using the VLE as an interactive resource to enhance teaching and learning. In a year 9 module there is a unit on life in the 19th Century. The first resource in the course is a link to an interactive resource on the Manchester Art Gallery website looking at a painting of the times. The next resource is a discussion forum where students have to discuss various questions on the painting. It is amazing seeing students building up their knowledge and responding to each others’ posts. Next there is a link to a page on the national archive website on the same topic followed by a downloadable word document containing a worksheet for students to complete. A powerpoint from the lesson comes next followed by another 2 discussion forums for students to carry on answering questons online. To give you an example of how students have used it – one discussion done over 3 teaching groups has been viewed over 800 times – how often does that happen with a student’s work in an exercise book?

The National Gallery

Enhanced outcomes


Increased staff confidence & competence, Long term process, related to professional learning - teachers need to see the importance related to their professional growth, Integrate with what teachers are already doing well/on-going district initiatives. Teachers are the "learning natives" - use their knowledge and build on it

Supporting diverse learning styles

Integrate addition software to support learning, OCR, Speech to Text, Text to Speech, Word Prediction

Future Workforce

Creating learners with skills applicable for the 21st century.

More time to TEACH

Allowing students to access digital assets (learning resources) whenever/ where ever, increases the chances of students understanding objectives and learning goals. In turn, thus allows teachers to spend quality time with individual students that require additional support.

Understanding not memorization

Role of CLCs

Disseminating new hardware/software

Skills workshops

Training vs. Learning, All about software vs. All about Teaching and learning, Using the Software vs Supporting and Enhancing Learning, The Task vs. The People, How To vs. Then What?, What will this look, sound and feel like back in my classroom?

curriculum projects

Invention Sessions - Create, learn, share resources and understanding

Range of CPD


Primary/ Feeder schools

Partner Schools

Special Schools


Initial Teacher Training

Variety of Learning Opportunities

Focus on students and learning rather than software and skills

Good Article by Jamie McKenzie -


Online Resources


Visual browser

Mind meister


Visual Search Engines

Visual Thesaurus


New node