Week 9 Digital Story Critique

Visual Literacy

The image below is not part of the video I watched, but I decided to look deeper into the thought of
“visual literacy”. There is so much more than the 4+ minute video. I was looking for a picture to capture what I was feeling, but instead I saw this magnificent graphic organizer. As I think about my role as an ELA Specialist, I am still drawn to the visual side of the house that can bring meaning instantly. Now I have to say, brings “some sort of meaning” instantly because there are so many facets to a visual. This organizer is worth exploring more, so I’m glad I’ve transported it Inkings. Continue below…Keeping up With Visual Literacy Figure 1
I expected something grander, more alluring, more substantive than what I saw. After a few seconds, I really wanted to watch it without volume, as the voice is very deadpan monotone. I think there were some nuggets worth hanging onto, but they were obscured with my inability to apparently get over the digital story voice. I had to go back several times to hear the pertinent questions.
Do you believe everything you see?  She divided the terms and defined them literally. Using literacy as being literate, no-no. When defining you do not use the term you are defining. Based upon what we are learning about literacy, her scope was very narrow.
Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image, extending the meaning of literacy, which commonly signifies interpretation of a written or printed text.
3:00-3:24 was a blackout.
Execution was not stimulating in my opinion. There were interesting photos that the author used along with questioning the audience, however, the unnatural voice continued to be a roadblock. 
Craftmanship like execution was lackluster. I guess the 24 seconds of blackout was designed to impress upon the audience that visuals are important, but that was a l-o-n-g time to see nothing while listening to her. I cannot recall what she said, because I was more focused on what image was going to appear. 
Media Grammar  was also not fluid but more choppy. The delivery from visual, to audio was just not happening. The video ended abruptly. She zoomed in on the opening print. After going back over the video, I could see her driving point: that there is more in a picture than you may see. There was not enough time to allow your eyes to focus. I don’t know if music may have helped, but there was no background  to absorb my attention.
Great topic/poor delivery.

2 thoughts on “Week 9 Digital Story Critique

  1. Judith I love this visual! Thank you for sharing. What a great way to conceptualized a topic. I can’t tell you how helpful this is to my linear brain. Alicia Newton ILT5340


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