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 (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


  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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