Sweeto returns without the Norman doors.

Coming to the end of the topic on Visual Literacy I was struck by several things. Firstly, how I never considered visual literacy before, yet I have been utilizing it for years. I guess it was more the phrase that was new to me, and didn’t think of it in the same way I would…

A visually statistical wonderland

I love data. I love stats. Last week we had parent conferences. In our school this is four hours on Thursday evening and then a full morning (8am-1pm) on the Friday. In order to keep track of who comes to parent meetings we sign our names by students when they visit in a master spreadsheet.…

Stories are learning

Stories are an age old method of communicating to someone the events of either a fictional or real thing that happened. Whether it is the story of Harry Potter and his [SPOILER ALERT] defeat of the dark wizard Voldemort [/SPOILER ALERT], the story of Jesus or the story of Les Dennis,┬áthere are many different types…

Don’t just read off the slide!

This week our school had its Group 4 project. This is a component of the IB Science courses in which students are required to plan, conduct and present on a topic they choose as a multidisciplinary group. This year the students chose two themes, smartphone addiction and social problems in Vietnam. As per usual the…

Media Studies vs. Dickens

The ability to convey meaning through visual means is an art form just like writing. In schools, subjects which concern themselves (at least in part) with visual literacy topics, such as media studies, tend to be relegated to the vocational or less intelligent students. The brainy students study literature. Dante, Dostoevsky and Dickens were genius…