Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Using VTS in Education

Dessin Gerard Mathieu

In our days, creativity and innovation are fundamental aims to captivate students in the classroom. Sometimes curricula are not very attractive! But educators can change it. 

Have you read Sunni Brown's "Game Storming Book"?  Watched her at the TED conference?

Thought doodling was a waste of time? It's not, for an example of useful doodling watch the video by Allison Crow below.

You have to admit! It's much more interesting than another yawner of a PowerPoint Presentation. 

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a research-based teaching method that improves critical thinking and language skills through discussions of visual images.

I can share with you the increadible work on visual thinking at Lisbon EFQUEL Innovation Forum, September 2010. It encouraged a lot the dialogue between all participants. And we could follow the disussions of all the workshops through the different graphic panels. 
The team of graphic facilitation students of the United Nations University, Vice-Rectorat in Europe (UNU-ViE) did an impressive and fantastic panel in visual thinking about all the sessions during three days and encourage a lot the discussion between all the participants.

EFQUEL Innovation Forum 2010
Part of final graphic panel 

VTS Facilitation in Education:

Visual Thinking Strategies uses art to foster students' capacities to observe, think, listen and communicate.

In VTS discussions teachers support student growth by facilitating discussions of carefully selected works of visual art. 

For example watch A VTS Discussion with Fourth Grade Students on the video below

A VTS Discussion with Fourth Grade Students from Visual Thinking Strategies on Vimeo.

VTS encourages participation, especially among students and educators. VTS is easy to learn and offers a proven strategy for educators to meet current learning objectives as you could watch on the video.

You can watch other videos with different grades here. And learn more about VTS here.

Educators an find some strategies and techniques here

"One of our most exciting partnerships is built around the Visual Thinking Strategies, an innovative arts based curriculum that offers great promise for education." (...)


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Video VTS Discussion with Fourth Grade students

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