visual literacy


Definition of visual literacy

: the ability to recognize and understand ideas conveyed through visible actions or images (such as pictures)

Examples of visual literacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Mondays, our partner organization Visual Thinking Strategies provides live moderation for this activity to strengthen students’ visual literacy skills. Michael Gonchar, New York Times, "Students Can Respond to Daily Writing Prompts, Inspired by The New York Times, at Home for Free," 16 Mar. 2020 And how is photography used—and misused—in a world grappling with visual literacy and misinformation? Whitney Johnson, National Geographic, "How to be a great photographer?," 18 Oct. 2019 One of Kennedy’s personal interests is in visual literacy, an academic field that knits together learning and visual experience, and gives audiences, in theory, a more holistic experience of a museum’s content., "At expanded Peabody Essex Museum, a new director strives to put people over things - The Boston Globe," 27 Sep. 2019 Comics, with their paneling and illustrated formats, are perfect mediums for practicing visual literacy skills. Los Angeles Times, "The case for comic books," 16 Aug. 2019 Comics enhance visual literacy Children are bombarded with images, advertisements and screen time on a daily basis. Los Angeles Times, "The case for comic books," 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of visual literacy

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Visual literacy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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