Browsing Posts in Visual Literacy

For my final project in COETAIL I decided to make a series of videos to assist my students in preparing for our final Chemistry test.  For a variety of reasons it was an experience that will stay with me for the unforeseen future.  I look forward to sharing the good, the bad and the ugly with you […]

When was the last time you actually looked at a periodic table of elements? I mean really looked! -6pt font -inconsistent formatting from table to table -university level information pressed up against the basic facts -numbers, letters, Roman numerals, color codes, columns, rows, patterns, exceptions… It really is just too much for most students. I […]

I struggle with the academic application of Presentation Zen.   Most of my ” presentations” are given to a captive audience that are not necessarily natural listeners.   On those days that I spin a tale and tell a story woven through with the facts of science, I do see a marked increase in attention and interest.  […]

Comic Relief


During our recent study of chemistry, I had my eighth grade students create a comic strip of a rather complicated experimental method.  They drew this comic strip across the white board at the front of the room.  Each class contributed a section of the comic, and also improved on sections previously created.   By the end […]

The Law of Conservation of Mass simply states that matter cannot be created or destroyed in a chemical reaction.  What goes in must equal what comes out.  I went on a search to find images to support this scientific law.  The top contenders are shown below. Some rights reserved by neurmadic aesthetic Some rights reserved by […]

As a start into purposefully thinking about visual literacy, I thought it would be worthwhile to look back and see how I’ve used, and misused, visual literacy in my classroom.  The first thing that comes to mind was a recent workshop I attended on using images to help teach vocabulary.  The main idea of the […]