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Creating Visuals


Students activate more cognitive processes by exploring and representing their understandings in visual form. Artistic expression allows learners to exhibit what they know and can do in alternative ways that lead to greater Attention and retention of information.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch kindergarten students practice visual thinking strategies to observe and interpret the multiple meanings behind visual art forms. By analyzing and drawing conclusions about visuals, learners enhance their Narrative Skills and Verbal Reasoning.

  • Creating visual representations allows learners to show what they cannot express through writing while still targeting literacy skills, such as Verbal Reasoning and Vocabulary. For example, when learners create their own comic strips to retell a story, they must draw upon their understanding of Emotion and Narrative Skills to represent their story visually.
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    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Watch how Chromville marries coloring and augmented reality to provide a creative learning experience. Enhancing the coloring pages via AR promotes creative storytelling and facilitates the development of students' Narrative Skills. Layering another possibility on top of a learner's drawing encourage greater Attention and Motivation for the learning process.

  • A drawing tool, digital or 3D, provides students multiple ways to communicate their learning. This supports student Attention and allows learners to think creatively to bring their ideas to life
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