ERIC Number: ED408957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
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An Opportunity for Visual Literacy in the K-4 Classrooms of Ohio.
Sexton, Colleen M.; Belland, John C.
This paper provides background information on the goals, application process, and funding of the Ohio SchoolNet Plus initiative. Through SchoolNet Plus, school districts are allocated funds to provide one computer workstation for every five children in grades K-4, as well as funds for software and professional development for teachers. Since the equipment standard for the machines to be purchased with SchoolNet Plus funds must be high-end versions of either Macintosh or Windows 95, the initiative affords exciting possibilities for visual experimentation and visualization experiences. For some teachers and learners, the technology tools will simply enhance visual presentation or expression rather than explore visualization or generate explicit ideas about extracting meaning from different visual forms. Reflection on the creation of these presentations, however, may still accomplish visual literacy objectives. It will be interesting to see if adding visual literacy experiences to classroom times which usually emphasize traditional literacies will prove useful in the development of learners' abilities. There are innumerable opportunities for the development of visualization experiences, including the modelling of mental rotations, animations which illustrate complex processes, and visual transformations such as going from perspective views to orthographic ones. Image processing software allows inquiry into science and mathematics topics through the use of image transformations. At this point, substantial research is still needed to ascertain what strategies, materials, and purposes are the most powerful foci for increasing visual literacy. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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