The visual native


The digital native is brought up in a visual world. From an early age they learn to understand pictures and the effects that they can have.

The video above is a great example of where a creative intelligence has been applied to interpreting the lyrics of a song using pictures. The pictures are remarkably moving and have a powerful effect which brings out the emotion of the song. (The song is used as a means to explore the terrorist attacks on 9/11 in New York and 7/7 in London).

For another example of where Katie Miller, the person who put together these videos, uses her skills at choosing appropriate and powerful images,  see her interpretation of Bette Midler’s “From a Distance” .

This is yet another example of where we must widen our assessment of student’s abilities by allowing them to express themselves in a form that is not just written. In Katie’s case there is an obvious ability to research and then use visual images. She shows real skill and potential and this tells me a lot about her as a person, which is what prospective employers are supposed to be looking for.

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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