What is multi-literacy:
Multiliteracy is an increasingly popular term in today's world; and it can be described through situational contexts. For instance, when you use a new computer based technology, you are exploring digital literacy. When you are driving a car and following the posted arrow signs around a sharp embankment, you are using visual literacy. When you read a book, in the English language (or in any other written language), you are using phonetic literacy. These multiple definitions of literacy provide deeper learning experiences, and knowing how to accomplish multiple contemporary tasks, in several of these categories, is generally referred to as being ‘multiliterate’.
What is educational multimedia:
Multimedia learning tools are a unique combination of data, pictures, phonetic text, audio, and video in a tablet computer, smart phone, or desktop computer. Frequently, a combination of both traditional instruction methods and multimedia is used is used in the contemporary classroom and this hybrid teaching model is called a blended experience.
What is graphicacy:
Graphicacy is the ability to comprehend statistical data and also read and generate spatially accurate maps; generally graphicacy is a skill associated with the production of graphical artefacts like a computer generated blueprint (Olande, n.d.).
What is visualization as technology:Alberto Ciaro (2013), author of The Functional Art, describes visualization as a unique confluence of technologies (both traditional and contemporary) that are used to make visually encoded messages. These messages he is referring to are known as infographics. The infographics are very diverse and they can include data, phonetic text, photography, animation, and many other forms of communication combined into one platform. These multiple sensory information messages are being used in textbooks, magazines and journals to condense complex information.
What are intertextual connections:
When a person reads a comic book or graphic novel, which is a form of writing developed with both images and phonetic text, the narrative (or emerging story) is derived from both visual and phonetic examples. This unique combination of both fields of information provide a dynamic platform of content presentation. These possible diverse associations, which often times activate more senses are more comprehensive than one-sided literary presentations. These multiple associations from dual channels of content, are known as intertextual connections.
What is visual literacy:
Historically, visual communication goes back to early cave paintings some 2,500 years ago, but it was not contemporized as a learning discipline until the late 1960’s, when there was a renewed interest visual learning (Velders, 2000). Basically, in todays context, visual learning refers to a set of basic competencies related to sensory experiences, that enable learners to discriminate and interpret the objects and symbols in the world around them and derive meaning (Fransecky & Debes, 1972).
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