John Drake

Visual Literacy and Student Development as Digital Citizens

It is important to talk to my students and teach my students about how to become visually literate in this world of digital photography and manipulation. It starts with teaching them about what is ethical or not ethical. It is also about teaching them about what is fiction or fact when portraying digital images. 

I discuss visually literacy and ethics by showing my students resources, such as the resources suggested on the Adobe Education Exchange. I then let them practice digital manipulation for themselves. 

The steps that I use are usually: introduce by showing, lecture, practice real projects, and review and reflect. 

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Chris Clark

Posted on 3/17/17 1:59:28 PM Permalink

Joy May

Posted on 12/12/16 2:12:13 AM Permalink

​I am glad that you bring up this point! I teach in the primary grades and have tried to instill this in my young students from the beginning, "you must cite your sources"! I am glad to see that some research sites for kids are starting to build this into the format of the report. My students were recently using a site to research and write a report and the last page of the text was a link for them to copy and insert in to their reference page. As teachers, we need to be consistent in our expectations for students to give credit where credit is due!

Anna Seo

Posted on 6/22/15 1:43:38 AM Permalink

Your post was very insightful and informative. Thank you!

Tiffany Holmes

Posted on 5/31/15 1:47:19 AM Permalink

The most important and difficult par tis the reflecion of a lesson. We do have to be aware of the cultural differences with our students and respect them, but at the same time present the information that we want to make them aware of.

Albor Moscoso

Posted on 2/5/15 5:17:04 PM Permalink

When teaching students, we also have to be aware of cultural differences. At the moment, I am teaching abroad, and my students with in the culture, believe that is good practice to copy, duplicate and manipulate content and present it as their own achievement. there are several layers that occur in this instant, the challenge is to break habits and instill new practices following literacy and ethics, as well as copyright procedures!

Lynley McKernan

Posted on 1/16/15 3:01:26 AM Permalink

And not something that can be "covered", checked off and left, but something to which we need to return constantly when we work with our students - whatever their age or stage.

M Panasuk

Posted on 1/8/15 9:07:37 PM Permalink

Yes, I think there are so many things out there that students assume are "free" or for use -it's just not the case. I think teaching them to respect media and know its purposes and limitations is key for them to be able to operate effectively in a digital society.

Maris Herr

Posted on 1/7/15 5:59:51 AM Permalink

I think that this is one of the most important things we can teach students. Trying to explain copyright to a class of students when the device in front of them is full of copied music, movies and TV shows can seem like a waste of time; but we all need to try.

Not sure how to get the same message through to teachers?

Heidi Fisher

Posted on 1/6/15 6:39:04 AM Permalink

I agree that students need to learn about the ethics and how images may be used. Being able to determine which images may be used and for what purpose is vital, especially with the abundance of images searchable on the internet.

Dominic McCall

Posted on 1/4/15 2:43:51 PM Permalink

I think with youths there is a culture of 'use and abuse' copyrighted imagery, through no fault of their own. Robert Rauschenburg never fell foul of the copyrighters neither did many Pop Artists, but young artists beware. I too have began to teach much more the ethics of image use, manipulation and thank the search engines for including these 'image rights' options.

So I totally agree it is important to teach this and am glad that it is a strong feature in all Adobe courses my students and I have taken.