What is Visual Literacy?
Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image, extending the meaning of literacy, which commonly signifies interpretation of a written or printed text. Visual literacy is based on the idea that pictures can be “read” and that meaning can be communicated through a process of reading.
What are the benefits?
- It encourages thinking:
- THINKING TO LEARN
- LEARNING TO THINK
- There are no words to tell “readers” what to think.
- And discussion:
- THINKING TO TALK
- TALKING TO THINK
- And builds confidence. They rehearse it in speech before writing it down.
- Visual literacy boosts attention: one must stop and look.