Please note: THIS IS MY WORST REFLECTION TO DATE. DON'T JUDGE ME, I CAN'T KEEP MY THINKING CAP ON STRAIGHT.
Okay.......this reflection has been a disaster already! I had planned on not using words at all for this post, thought that was quite fitting considering we are exploring 'images for learning'. My idea for this post was to create a mind map as my imagery example, to demonstrate how the use of media (images) can transform and enhance the quality of learning for our students. How a simple image can be just as powerful and revealing as a 1000 well written words. That was the plan anyway.
Here I am though, typing words. You see, I just spent close to two hours creating a mind map using all the words that triggered a response with me while going through this weeks course content. I was using those words and converting them to an image using the highly proclaimed, free to the public, all perks included, MindMeister software. I went to save the darn thing......where's the save button? I don't want to export it! I want to save it! "You must upgrade to the pro version". Aaaarrgh! So here's a screenshot instead:
I'm not starting again, but I did have a thought. I'd try and create one myself. Students who aren't familiar or confident with mind mapping or online drawing programs like those listed in this review, would still have the opportunity to experience imagery in learning. They could use their creative skills in programs they are more comfortable with though, like Microsoft Word or Publisher.
I'm not at all happy with what I have created, my mental design had it looking more like this.
The image itself not only gives you an insight to the knowledge I gained going through this weeks course content but the colours, the size of fonts, and the trends in place tell you more. Without knowing it, viewers are analysing, evaluating, thinking and gaining an understanding of what is being shown, just by looking at an image. This can be a huge benefit in the classroom, especially with students who thrive through visual stimulation, those that are visual learners.
Images & the SAMR Model
I use images every day in my classroom. In power point presentations, posters, assessment booklets, textbooks and class handouts. I can further deepen the learning of my students by having them collaborate and brainstorm using mind mapping software as opposed to pen and paper. Students can communicate their ideas visually and collectively while demonstrating their creativity, ideas and concepts as a whole. When setting the next assessment piece, I will encourage my health and science students to create their very own mind maps to share with their peers, like the examples below.