Changing Educational...er... Visual Paradigms
Most educators by now have seen Sir Ken Robinson's famous TED Talk, "Changing Educational Paradigms," the most watched of such talks in history. Many have also seen the video presented here that shows the RSAnimate version of the talk. I showed it recently to my students before they worked on a visual note-taking activity that I blogged about a couple of days ago ("Visual Narrative Meets Note-Taking"). No doubt if I had shown the version with just plain old Sir Ken they would have enjoyed it enough.
I won't repeat my previous post by sharing Catherine's work with you, but I will show you my own. Inspired by the RSAnimate version of Sir Ken's talk many moons ago, I decided that my lesson plans needed to have something of the visual in them. So, I started creating lessons that would use a hybrid of comic book narration bubbles, a flow chart, and visual imagery. Throw in some colour and a pinch of Photoshop and you have an array of visual lesson plans that students will respond to.
"No," I tell them. "I do this because learning is beautiful."