Pinterest and Visual Research

imageIn Celine Perron’s “Design for The Performing Arts” class, students learn about scene design construction, lighting, and the nuances that make a design effective. The course demands that students think visually, a new concept for many which posed some challenges for Celine. How could she help students find the connection between the text book, the visual research she assigned, and the visual impact of their own scene design? At first she went the traditional route: Continue reading “Pinterest and Visual Research”

The Power of Images

Learning is learning to see, literally and figuratively.  When you know something, you have a visual image of it. Being forced to create an image of your knowledge is a good way to cement that learning.  Analyzing what you are seeing and what you are not seeing is a sure way to learn.  Are we using images in all the ways that we could be to express the things that we’ve learned?

Taxonomy level
What the student is doing (learning task) Example
observation and recall of information
  • Observe and identify
    natural or man- made objects
Label the parts of the leaf.
understanding information
  • Observe and classify
Cimabue, the 13th century Italian painter, painted in the Greek manner. What are
the Byzantine characteristics in
Madonna Enthroned shown below?
What parts of the work of art are gothic?
use methods, concepts, theories in new situations
  • Compare an image to a theory


Analyze this organization chart.
What does it tell you about the
organization? Could improvements
be made?
see patterns,identify components,organize parts
  • Explain
Label the parts of the trebuchet, how
it works and the laws of physics
that govern its use.
use old ideas to create new ones
  • Create a graphic as an end product
Write an applet that draws the figure shown below.  Graphics objects contain many subroutines. Use the following subroutines: g.setColor(c), g.drawRect(x,y,w,h) g.fillRect(x,y,w,h)
compare and discriminate or assess value   
  • Judge
Compare 2 sets of aviation control panels for functionality. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?Cessna 182RGArrow IV
Affective Level
  • Observe and become motivated
Research one Civil Rights demonstration that occurred between 1959 and 1969. Find news stories and photos of the demonstration and analyze their point of view.
White people pour sugar, ketchup and mustard over heads of sit-in demonstrators at a restaurant lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi June 12, 1963. (AP Photo/Fred Blackwell)