Typical vocabulary building begins with looking up words in the dictionary for their meanings, and this approach was used initially with the project, DA_7_8_RYSS by having the students go online and look up the definitions for their assigned words to begin to have an understanding. Retention of this understanding was the important component of the project, and a second approach was used by having the students visualize the meanings in Photoshop to begin to move towards remembering the word concepts and to also create digital art … a product or byproduct, if you will, as a part of the process. Vocabulary enhancement came to the forefront with acquired skills of manipulating photographs ... utilizing various tools and filters within the software … and this cognitive and creative process placed the students in a new environment of hands-on with photo software and the requirement of researching the "real" meanings of words, then translating these "realities" into "creative" ones through visualization. Creating art in this respect was a first for these students and precedent setting for my school, Raul Yzaguirre School For Success [Houston, Texas] to manipulate photographs via photo software. They … 7th and 8th graders … joined the multitudes of individuals who are currently pursuing digital and new media art in all sectors of global society as a part of the Digital Revolution, which means this classroom process was also vocational. An interesting aspect to this process is the fact that the students took the word assignments in stride to be able to visualize their meanings. Traditional or typical vocabulary building is usually a struggle within a somewhat cut and dry atmosphere. Go to:
to view work. Note: photographs for the manipulations were downloaded from the Internet strictly for educational purposes.