Critical thinking & visual literacy have become an integral part of my teaching.
Critical thinking is a foundational skill for 21st century success. It is recognized by educators everywhere. But how do we help students learn to do it? And is visual literacy can help students become critical thinkers?
Do know about Trevi Fountain in Italy? Looking for knowing more…
One of Rome’s most popular landmarks and probably the most famous fountain in the world. It is designed like a monumental triumphal arch, was built against a wall of the Palazzo Poli. It measures twenty meters wide and twenty-six meters high and occupies more than half the square.The central figure of the fountain, standing in a large niche, is Neptune, god of the sea.
Tradition has it that you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the fountain’s water basin. You should toss it with your right hand over your left shoulder (or left hand over your right shoulder) with your back to the fountain. You’re not allowed to look behind you while you’re tossing the coin but the fountain is so large it’s basically impossible to miss.
Visual Critical activity
The “critical” in this work, is as an analysis that quest to discover the social and political interests in the production and reception of images in relation to social, cultural effects of power and domination in the context of students’ lives.
Videoclip is a mutimodal text ou multimodality. The definition of the multimodality from New London Group (1996) is the combination of semiotic modes in a single composition to take effect or meaning.
– See Videoclip from Bon Jovi’s group called Thank you for loving me and answer the question with your peers and on your own.
1-What is the central theme in the video?
2-What was the author’s purpose these images?
3-What is happening?
4-Is there anything in the video which is left to the reader’s imagination? Tell me.
5-What body language is shown by the people in the picture?
6- Throw a coin into the fountain’s water basin… does It happen in your culture? in your city? Why?.
7-Is there a special purpose with theses images? Which the author’s belief with theses images?
8- Visual arts techniques- how were these arts made?
9-Write a list of action words used in this videoclip.
10- What was the reason Bon Jovi’s group to record this clip in Trevi Fountain? Write your point of view.
11- Who could be the main audience?
A short conclusion
we believe that visual literacy is a powerful pedagogy that helps students to learn how to be critical thinkers. For this to occur, We have to be planned some activities around the global topics and students have to be shown examples of what critical thinking looks like, in addition to being supported, assessed, encouraged and given feedback with their peers and on their own.
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Eu, Giselda Costa, professora do Instituto Federal do Piauí (IFPI), participo do programa internacional Vocational Education and Training – VET com a duração de 5 meses ( fevereiro a junho de 2015) financiado pelo Governo Federal Brasileiro e realizado na HAMK – University of Applied Sciences na cidade de Hameelinna -Finlândia. A nossa pesquisa tem como base nas experiências de educação profissional do modelo finlandês integrado com setor de inovação e produtividade dos Institutos Federais do Brasil.