We often ask students to communicate their learning visually, but we don’t always provide them with the graphic design tools they need to create an effective message. In this workshop, we’ll play with Google Drawings as a tool to create a poster or other visual while exploring basic visual literacy and graphic design skills we can apply ourselves and share with students. Allowing students to show their learning in new and creative ways is a great use of the technology in our classrooms. Join me in my mission to beautify the school walls. We’ll create something and share ideas we can use in the classroom. While we’ll be using Google Drawings in this session, the visual literacy and graphic design skills we discuss can be applied to any tech tool, even paper!
Anyone who wants to create (or teach students to create) visuals that communicate a message effectively.
Part 1 - Finding Inspiration
Part 1 – Finding Inspiration
Find a visual you love
- Look online for an example of a visual you like. Possible places to explore:
- Add a screenshot of a design you love in this shared slideshow. (Read the instructions in the slideshow.)
- When your table group is ready, introduce yourself to your group including who your students are and what you teach.
- Share your visual and why you like it.
Part 2 - Introduction to Visual Literacy
Part 2 – Introduction to Visual Literacy
Basic Graphic Design
Follow along with these slides
Create a visual
Choose a poster to play with OR start with a blank canvas. Click the link below the image to create a copy for yourself. You must be logged in to a Google account.
Self assess your work with this rubric.
Share your work
Add a screenshot of your work to this shared slideshow.
Use the above questions to have a conversation with your group about their visuals.
Part 3 - Visual Literacy in the Classroom
Part 3 – Visual Literacy in the Classroom
- Why is it important to teach these visual literacy skills to students?
- Where can you incorporate teaching visual literacy in your classroom?
- What can your students create to communicate an idea visually?
Share your ideas on this shared Google document.
Resources for the classroom
IVLA – International Visual Literacy Association
Viewing Map of Development and Viewing Resource Book from the Western Australia Department of Education
Resources you can use with students
Standards that address visual literacy
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE Standard 1)
Mid-Continent Research for Educational and Learning Corporation (McRel Standard 9)
“Design Secrets Revealed” by Keri-Lee Beasley – free in the iBooks Store
Tips and Tricks
- Need inspiration? Google it and see what you find. #steallikeanartist
- Simple is better!
- Start on paper
- Ask 3 before me
- Slide design tips and tricks for kids
- Poster design tips and tricks for kids
- Getting started in Pages
- Do a self assessment with a sample rubric below.
- Everything has meaning. Ask yourself WHY and HOW!
Advice for elementary teachers
- Make things step by step.
- Always give choices, BUT (see next bullet point)
- Limit options (only 3 colors, shape has to be at least this size, etc.) Increase options with age.
- Always limit font to two…regardless of age.
- Talk about repetition and contrast. (Consider leaving out proximity and alignment.)
- Relate repetition to math.
- Model the language – teach the vocabulary and use it.
- Think of non digital ways you can practice these concepts.
- You know your students…do what you think is best for them.