Visual Literacy

Today’s Slide Show

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Zero to Eight Children’s Use of Media in America (PDF)

Activity 1

Step 1: Open Deconstructing Images Worksheet

Step 2: Open Tetsu Yushida image

Activity 2: 

Explore some Image-Rich Resources

Tools and techniques to add text to images:

Additional Resources

Resources for Finding Creative Commons Media:

Resources for Citing Creative Commons Work & adding text

Activity 3: 

Presentation Ping Pong

  • Find a Creative Commons image that inspires you

Click here to access the Presentation

As a whole class, create a collaborative presentation.

Goal: create a seamless story presentation where each individual slide is created by
one person (without knowing what everyone else creates). The story is told “on the fly” as slides pop up during the presentation.


  • Each person creates one slide with one image, properly cited
  • As they are created, each person knows that they will speak about one slide, but they won’t know which one
  • Once all slides are created number off so that each person is assigned a slide
  • Give everyone a minute to look at their slide,
    but they might not know what the person before they will say, so don’t give too much time
  • Everyone gets up and stands in a line in their number order
  • Each person speaks about their one slide, creating one seamless story from all of the diverse slides in the presentation

Create a Social Media Card

  1. Open Canva and create a free account
  2. Create a social media card to share about your learning in this session. Must include a free or Creative Commons Image and a few words to put the image into context.
  3. Post your social media image on this Padlet


Animated GIFs for Assessment Purposes

Slide Show

Video: PBS Off Book: GIFS: Birth of a Medium


Math (Chocolate cut)

Science (Currents)

Literacy (Rhyming Words/Compound Words)

Literacy (Reflections on our work)

PE (Running movements)

Economics (consumer product movement)


Australia state borders (Geography)

Fashion over decades (History)

Hieroglyphics (History)

Search Skills
Search for more!

Suggested Tools:


Google My Maps

Text GOOGLEMAPS to 44222 to get the free PDF 10 Advance Features of Google Maps for the classroom

Google My Maps

Where are you from?

Map Engine Lite

Earth Picker

Smarty Pins

Sightseer Newsletter

IB Geography Lesson/Video

Text GOOGLEMAPS to 44222 to get the free PDF 10 Advance Features of Google Maps for the classroom

Text Number 44222 

What’s it like to work with Jeff and the team?


Text Codes

ENGAGEPARENTS: Guide to Engaging Your Parent Community in Technology for Learning
VISLITERACY: 5 Key Critical Literacy Skills for the Digital World
SEARCHIT: Teaching Students How to Read a Search Page Result
TECHRICHUNITS: The Complete Guide to Creating Technology-Rich Units
GOOGLEMAPS: 10 Advanced Features of Google Maps for the classroom
WIKIIN3: Understanding Wikipedia in 3 Clicks

Join our mailing list and
get #LeadingTheChange

Join our mailing list and
Download 10 Tips for Parents

If you are even vaguely interested in keeping your thumb on the pulse of education–this is the book for you. From breaking down the anatomy of a tweet to equipping you with the basic indicators of ‘being connected,’ this text is a user guide for future-ready schools.

The book has something for teachers just ready to dip their toes into the pool of tech-leaning pedagogy as well as those who have been thriving in online spaces for years. The authors consistently push forward an important message: it isn’t the tools, it is all about the intentions.

The extended readings would allow any middle leader to use this text and run a workshop or facilitate a discussion on the go. I’m already tempted to suggest this text for a staff PD book club, and I know the authenticity of the examples would not disappoint.

What I love about the book is that it models ‘voice and choice,’ each chapter, each idea comes with a variety of avenues to pursue–the authors are practicing what they preach. I challenge anyone to finish this book without an abundance of inspiration pushing them to share their copy with a favorite colleague immediately.

Patricia J. Friedman

Technology Integration Coach