Media-rich learning is the ideal way for teachers to connect with today’s students. After reading several articles about visual literacy, I feel very strongly that the IT courses I have been choosing have changed my teaching strategies.  I also acquired different skills which enabled me to broaden my scope of presentation methods in the classroom, like moving from simple PowerPoint to more diverse forms of interacting with students.

When I was reading Visual Literacy and the Classroom by Erin Riesland, it reminded me that one of my previous IT homeworks was to compare Objectivist and Constructivist learning philosophy.

Now Erin Riesland made it very clear for us: “The learning model is based on the concept that knowledge is constructed rather than processed from information received from an external source. In this process, the student assumes the role of the producer rather than the consumer of information.”

Today’s digital natives are driving the move toward visual information (Susan McLester 2006). Therefore, with digital images, movies and other IT applications  in the classroom, amazing things can happen. Engaged through different IT tools, students feel a stronger connection to the subject matter, and spend more time on task. Even hard-to-reach students are inspired to step up and participate when they’re given the opportunity to demonstrate their strengths through the creation of digital projects.

That’s why I chose this course because I can reflect upon the courses I have taken before, and at the same time study and update IT– theories. As always, I need to sharpen my IT skills and enhance my knowledge to grasp the changes in the multimedia world.