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Engaging the Eye Generation

  • Title:Engaging the Eye Generation: Visual Literacy Strategies for the K-5 Classroom
  • Author:Johanna Riddle
  • Publication Date:February 2009
  • Grade Level:K-5
  • ISBN:9781571107497
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Literacy in the twenty-first century means more than just reading and writing. Today's students must learn how to interpret and communicate information through a variety of digital and print-based media formats, using imagery, online applications, audio, video, and traditional texts.

In Engaging the Eye Generation, library media specialist and National Board Certified Teacher Johanna Riddle draws on twenty-five years of education experience to show teachers how to update the curriculum for twenty-first century learners. Technology neophytes need not despair. Johanna suggests enhancements ranging from low-tech to high-tech and explains how teachers, even those with limited technology skills, can effectively guide students to proficiency. Each chapter—filled with meaningful and motivating activities—thoughtfully explains how to elevate traditional learning and add new layers to students' reading comprehension, critical thinking, and communication skills. Through proven methods and practical examples, teachers will discover how to:

  • use multiple literacies to weave together standards and disciplines;
  • identify and apply appropriate tools to ensure relevant information literacy;
  • integrate information and research skills;
  • and design rubrics collaboratively with students so all learners can effectively assess the learning process.

To help students meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world, teachers must become comfortable in the twenty-first-century learning community. Engaging the Eye Generation is accessible, manageable, and inspiring; it will help teachers bridge the generational gap with enthusiasm and savvy.

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Author Bio

Johanna Riddle writes and teaches on the topic of integrated learning and multiple literacies, combining twenty five-years of experience as a classroom teacher, art teacher, arts administrator, and media specialist. She received her master's degree in educational media from Nova Southeast University. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has been recognized as one of Florida's Art Educators of the Year. During her long career she's served as district art supervisor, art teacher, adjunct instructor, second-grade teacher, and gifted enrichment teacher. Most recently she was the media specialist at Samsula Elementary School in the Volusia County School District in Florida. Johanna says that teaching is in her blood. "I am a tenth-generation American and fifth-generation teacher. "I can't imagine a more interesting or rewarding field. I never have to wake up in the morning wondering whether my life is making a positive difference. I know that what I do, every day, has lasting impact and meaning in my little corner of the world."

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