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.
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.