19 October 2018

Snap an Image, Share a Story


There are so many ways to tell stories, to create and share narratives that one is often spoilt by choice. 

Snappa is tool for creating visuals which may support storytelling but also for creating infographics and more. 

There is both a free and premium version to choose from, a range of different sizes and formats for creating images for different purposes - an example can be seen here below:





Once you have selected the type of format you want, click on the format and you will then have options for creating your visual. There are choices in regard to images - including ready made templates - fonts, size of text, effects, and graphics.  Here is an example of how easy it is to create an infographic:

Snappa - How to Create an Infographic from Snappa on Vimeo.

Visual literacies are not a passing trend. They are an integral part of Media Literacy which is "the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms." (Center for Media Literacy ).  Visual literacies/media literacy is also not something which is "taught" in one or two lessons, but rather, an educational approach which is embedded in regular practices. 

“Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.” (Center for Media Literacy)

These are skills which are corner stone for learners today, as increasingly we live in a world mediated by media. As  Sonia Livingstone points out:

"The more that the media mediate everything in society – work, education, information, civic participation, social relationships and more – the more vital it is that people are informed about and critically able to judge what’s useful or misleading, how they are regulated, when media can be trusted, and what commercial or political interests are at stake. In short, media literacy is needed not only to engage with the media but to engage with society through the media."

This process of engagement begins in classrooms, where learners are given the opportunity to practice and learn, whether that be in reading through media and visuals or creating visuals and media themselves. 

Infographics are great visuals for expressing figures but also for summarising and narrating events. Nik Peachey has an excellent publication on Exploiting Infographics for Digital Literacy and Critical Thinking and also highlights how using infographics may be used in the CLIL context:




Stories.
Narratives.
Images.

Where would one be without them?

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