Learning with Images: 20+ Tips & Resources

Learning can be tedious. Acquiring new knowledge is difficult for most learners because they go about it the wrong way. Many of our learners will try to memorize difficult concepts from textbooks. However, our brain isn’t geared to learn this way. Instead, our learners can acquire more in chunks by visualizing difficult concepts. Below are resources that will help learners visualize their learning, lesson ideas, and more! Watch the recording of my recent webinar on this topic here!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

5 comments

  1. Thank you for this post! I too believe in education with images. When we are young, we read stories with pictures and the pictures help teach us the meaning of the words on the page. Why not bring this same idea back into the classroom. Instead of lecturing, note taking, and reading from textbooks gather photos online or print to share with students while they read. I do this with videos as well.
    Two examples:
    On a trip to France one year, I took pictures out of the plane window to show the differences in the atmosphere. I also passed through many different cloud types. When teaching these concepts in class I showed my students the slideshow I had created that summer. That lesson sparked many discussions including, what they remember about what they had seen before on an airplane, clouds they saw during certain days and trips. The pictures created the tie in from the standard vocabulary and the actual real world concept.
    Other times I would turn a rather long video about the American Revolution. We would watch the video with the lights on, notebooks out, and a white sheet of paper. As we watched the video I would pause it multiple times after a new event was explained. Then we would write in our notebooks what happened, dates to remember, any important information we needed to know, and how the event effect the war as well as the future of America. Next, we would use the white paper to jot down any emotions the events created. Some students would want to tell stories of their family history or express what they would have done. This sheet of paper was for this purpose. The video became a project instead of a “time filler.”

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