InkFlow http://www.qrayon.com/home/inkflow/ Inkflow works like a Word Processor for Visual Thinking. Capture your ideas as easily as with pen and paper, then arrange and reorganize them with your fingers!
If you're like us, you've been looking hard for the perfect (th)inking App. Yet something always seems to be missing, be it speed, flexibility, or just plain elegance. Well, we think we've finally cracked it.
Rather than just read about Inkflow, go ahead and try it out: We've decided to make the Basic Edition of Inkflow completely FREE. The Basic Edition comes with the Fountain Pen in black ink and all the features above. Books max out at 20 pages each, but you can create as many as you like.
Insert text boxes and photos anywhere on the page and resize them seamlessly with the ink. You can also choose from a selection of different paper backgrounds.
VizThink http://vizthink.com/ VizThink is a trans-disciplinary global community interested in the efficacy of visual communication.
All are welcome! Everyone can think visually here. Anyone, of any skill level, can be a visual thinker -- we're a community that believes visual thinking is about the process, the ability to...
A wiki debate visualization tool http://debategraph.org/ A wiki debate visualization tool
This could be an interesting visualisation tool to help debate the issues around visual literacy.
Visual Understanding in Education http://www.vue.org Visual Understanding in Education
Visual Understanding in Education (VUE) conducts educational research focused on aesthetic and cognitive development that results from interaction with art.
Based on its findings, VUE develops programs for schools and museums, principally Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).
VUE is not-for-profit and primarily supported by grants.
Visual Literacy http://www.educ.kent.edu/community/vlo/index.html Visual Literacy
Visual information is everywhere. Television, computer screens, signs, symbols, books, magazines, movies, and even body language provide visual messages.
Introduction | Visual Literacy | Visual Images | Perception | Design Elements and Principles | Practical Guidelines | Exercises in Visual Literacy |
The International Forum of Visual Practitioners http://www.ifvp.org/ The International Forum of Visual Practitioners
We are a powerful community of creative leaders from around the world, who share a common passion for bringing information and ideas to life visually. For over a quarter of a century, business people, artists, communities, governments, educators, and individuals have been leveraging the power of our Visual Practitioner community of graphic recorders and graphic facilitators.
Visual Literacy Group at Diigo http://groups.diigo.com/groups/visual-literacy Visual Literacy Group at Diigo
Visual Literacy is a 21st century skill and one that K-16 students and teachers need to become fluent in.
This group is focused on bringing together resources to support Visual Literacy in K-16 education.
Visual Literacy and 21st Century Skills http://visuallit.pbwiki.com/FrontPage Visual Literacy and 21st Century Skills "Can students interpret, use, appreciate and create images and video using both conventional and 21st Century media in ways that advance thinking, decision-making, communication and learning.
In my opinion, visual literacy is composed of three discrete skills: navigating, evaluating, and communicating (create and mashup) in the context of visual imagery."
Visual Literacy and the Classroom http://www.newhorizons.org/strategies/literacy/riesland.htm Visual Literacy and the Classroom
Currently, in high schools across the country, many students are expected to present complex visual ideas using a variety of multimedia applications without serious direct instruction.
History of Visual Communication http://www.citrinitas.com/history_of_viscom/index.html History of Visual Communication
This website attempts to walk you through the long and diverse history of a particular aspect of human endeavour: The translation of ideas, stories and concepts that are largely textual and/or word based into a visual format, i.e. visual communication.
International Visual Literacy Association http://www.ivla.org/ International Visual Literacy Association
... a not-for-profit association of researchers, educators, designers, media specialists, and artists dedicated to the principles of visual literacy.
Why is visual literacy important? http://www.museumca.org/picturethis/visual.html Why is visual literacy important?
Visual literacy is defined as the ability to understand communications composed of visual images as well as being able to use visual imagery to communicate to others.
Students become visually literate by the practice of visual encoding (expressing their thoughts and ideas in visual form) and visual decoding (translating and understanding the meaning of visual imagery).
Visual Literacy : Bookmarks on Delicious http://tinyurl.com/8olekh Visual Literacy : Bookmarks on Delicious
Social Bookmarking site .... recommended ... lots of links suggested by others
Presentation by Hans Rosling http://www.ted.com/tedtalks/tedtalksplayer.cfm?key=hans_rosling If you want to see the most amazing use of graphs ... that you've probably ever seen ... then have a look at this Presentation by Hans Rosling
Video online .... brilliant .. and highly motivating to want to be really creative with graphs ... and demonstrates the power of presenting data dynamically and visually
Hans Rosling is professor of international health at Sweden's world-renowned Karolinska Institute, and founder of Gapminder, a non-profit that brings vital global data to life. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, he debunks a few myths about the "developing" world. (Recorded February, 2006 in Monterey, CA.)
The powerpoints themselves can be downloaded from ....
Photos: Pictures That Lie http://news.com.com/2300-1026_3-6033210-1.html Photos: Pictures That Lie
The doctored images were manipulated beyond straightforward cropping of edges or lightening shaded areas. Often they have a key element inserted or deleted.
Mikons http://www.mikons.com/ Mikons
Welcome to Mikons.com, a new form of self-expression that connects people through visual symbols (personal tags). Our mission is to give you a fun and easy way to create these symbols that tell your story, let you decide how you want to share them, and use them to connect with people anywhere in the world.
Use the Mikon Machine™, our cool vector drawing tool, to create the symbols that tell your story. You can design from scratch or remix other graphics to build your personal set of Mikons.
The InfoVis:Wiki project http://www.infovis-wiki.net/ The InfoVis:Wiki project is intended to provide a community platform and forum integrating recent developments and news on all areas and aspects of Information Visualization.
Using editable?y?nyone Wiki technology turned out to be the only way of keeping the presented information up to date and knowledge exchange vivid.
Search By Drawing http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/060103-180848 Search By Drawing
First discovered by Tara (and also blogged by Barry, Philipp, and John) is an experimental search tool called retrievr that allows the user to find related Flickr images by drawing a sketch. Barry writes that it doesn't work too well while Philipp is more postitive. Tara notes it works well for browsing.
Experimental work in this are has been going on at Purdue University for several years. Here are a few related links, papers, and a small demo.
Thinking Tools from Intel http://www.intel.com/education/tools/index.htm Thinking Tools from Intel
Increase student learning with these interactive, online tools designed to promote higher-order thinking in any subject. Each tool features an online workspace where students create and save visual representations of their thinking. Classroom strategies and teacher-tested project ideas suitable for K-12 classrooms will help you get started. Visual Ranking Tool
Students show their reasoning and discuss differences in their conclusions as they use the Visual Ranking Tool to prioritize and compare items in lists. Seeing Reason Tool
Seeing Reason Tool prompts students to investigate cause-and-effect relationships in complex systems. Students use an interactive causal mapping tool to create maps that communicate their understanding. Showing Evidence Tool
Students use the Showing Evidence Tool to construct a well-reasoned argument and defend it with credible evidence. The interactive workspace prompts students to assess sources and analyze evidence.
Introducing Visual Literacy : Grade Level: 7 - 10 http://www.pbs.org/wnet/dancin/resources/lesson_plan-l2.html Introducing Visual Literacy : Grade Level: 7 - 10
Language Arts classes teach students to be intelligent consumers of written texts, to read closely, understand and respond to the written word. Yet our students "consume" far more visual than written images, and far more of their information is gathered through television, video and film than though books.
This lesson plan introduces students to the idea that visual images can be read and interpreted, and that they can become literate in media as well as text. It is meant to be an introduction to approaching visual literacy, either as a separate unit of study or as an ongoing perspective on films and images viewed throughout the school year.
Visual Ranking : Analyzing and Prioritizing Information http://www.intel.com/education/visualranking/index.htm Visual Ranking : Analyzing and Prioritizing Information
Use an online tool for ordering and prioritizing items in a list
Help students analyze and evaluate criteria for their decisions
Compare reasoning visually to promote collaboration and discussion
Making a list is usually straightforward and requires little thought. But when it comes to ordering and prioritizing items in that list, higher-level skills of analysis and evaluation are put to use. Visual Ranking brings focus to the thinking behind making ordered lists. Students identify and refine criteria as they assign order or ranking to a list. They must explain their reasoning and can compare their work with each other in a visual diagram. This tool supports activities where students need to debate differences, reach consensus, and organize ideas.
10x10 ('ten by ten') http://www.tenbyten.org/ 10x10?('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time.
Every hour, 10x10 collects the 100 words and pictures that matter most on a global scale, and presents them as a single image, taken to encapsulate that moment in time. Over the course of days, months, and years, 10x10 leaves a trail of these hourly statements which, stitched together side by side, form a continuous patchwork tapestry of human life.
Intro and Make a Custom Graphic Organizer http://www.edhelper.com/teachers/graphic_organizers.htm Make a Custom Graphic Organizer at EdHelper
LOts of examples of different graphic organisers .. all on one webpage .. a great resource for introducing this topic.
Introduction to Graphic Organizers | An introduction with samples of filled-in graphic organizers (PDF File) | Customize a KWL Printable |
Visual Literacy Free Resources http://k-8visual.info/ Visual Literacy Free Resources
This site is for K? classroom teachers who are interested in helping children to read and write information, both print and electronic.
Visual literacy helps children to learn to read ?and to enjoy reading. Examples of visual texts include diagrams, maps, tables, time lines and storyboards.
21st Century Literacies : Tools for Reading the World http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/ 21st Century Literacies : Tools for Reading the World
In Intelligence Reframed Howard Gardner contends that ?iteracies, skills, and disciplines ought to be pursued as tools that allow us to enhance our understanding of important questions, topics, and themes.? Today's readers become literate by learning to read the words and symbols in today's world and its antecedents. They analyze, compare, evaluate and interpret multiple representations from a variety of disciplines and subjects, including texts, photographs, artwork, and data. They learn to choose and modify their own communication based on the rhetorical situation. Point of view is created by the reader, the audience and the medium.
Basic Language Literacy | Visual Literacy | Historical Literacy | Information Literacy | Cultural Literacy |
Political Literacy and News Media Literacy | Scientific Literacy | Mathematical Literacy |
Graphic Organizer Makers http://teachers.teach-nology.com/web_tools/graphic_org/ Graphic Organizer Makers
The generators below will allow you to make graphic organizers by filling out a simple form. The materials are made instantly and can be printed directly from your computer. Your creations are exclusive to you. If you would like to keep your creations, save them when you make them. We are constantly developing new tools if you have an idea for a tool please let us know. Currently, the following tools are available in this area
Concept Web Generator | Graphic Organizer Workbooks | KWL Generator | SQ3R Chart Generator | Time Line Generators | Venn Diagram Generator |
The On-Line Visual Literacy Project http://www.pomona.edu/Academics/courserelated/classprojects/Visual-lit/intro/intro.html The On-Line Visual Literacy Project
To be verbally literate, one must possess and be able to manipulate the basic components of written language: the letters, words, spelling, grammar, syntax. With a mastery of these elements of written communication, the possibilities of verbal expression are endless. Visual literacy must operate within the same boundaries. Just as there are components and common meaning for the elements of verbal literacy, elements and common meaning exist for the elements of visual literacy.
Art, Design & Visual Thinking: An Interactive Textbook http://char.txa.cornell.edu/ Art, Design & Visual Thinking: An Interactive Textbook
The entire book is available here at no cost, along with assignments to go with with the text.