ECT 300 EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY: What do we mean by visual literacy in teaching?

CHAPTER 3

VISUAL LITERACY

3a iii). Demonstrate the skills of visual literacy

3.6 The skills of visual literacy

One is said to be visually literate if one is able to:

  • To read visuals, referred to as the decoding skill. This is the ability to translate visual messages into verbal messages.
  • To write visuals, referred to as the encoding skill. This is the ability to create visuals. It can also be said to be the process of translating information into some meaningful form that can be remembered.

The developments of the skills require practice over a long period of time using the right tools and in the environment. These conditions must prevail where mastery of any kind of skill is required.

All subjects in the school curriculum are expected to contribute towards the development of such an important of the two visually literacy skills. By being aware of her/his contribution towards the development of such an important ability a teacher will be better able to make a better job of the task.

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