Re-written Blog Post from Peer Feedback

This week in comm140, we were instructed to evaluate our peer feedback and re write one of our blog posts from the given feedback. I had some great feedback on two of my blog posts and then decided to re-write my first blog post “Why is it important to understand the importance and symbolism of images?”

Q. Why is it important to understand the importance and symbolism of images?

Imagery is imperative in digital communication 140; a symbol shows a complex idea with few words. Understanding the importance of symbolism in images is another language in the 21st century, as there is hidden meaning to discover. Image symbolism can also achieve the same results as several sentences (Blogger, 2017).

Symbolism of images is important as it is a way to communicate ideas and key concepts with others. It provides information deeper than a description about an object. Symbolism is important in representing noteworthy aspects like religion, mathematics, architecture and advertising (M et al., 2017).

In week six in comm140, we learnt about the importance of visual learning and how to implement it in our future classrooms as educators. The power of a stimulating image can sway emotions either way of the spectrum; happy and or sad. It is important to carefully select images as some may be inappropriate or too powerful for young children to view.

The use of visual representations and learning in a classroom plays an important role in teh explanation of mathematical concepts (Leinhardt et al., 1991). By providing visual stimulation during for example; fractions and providing diagrams can help students see what and how they are learning. External representations can highlight specific aspects of a mathematical concept, which therefore supports the role of explanation (Kaput, 1991; Ainsworth, 1999).

Hence symbolism in imagery is an important tool to know how to use in the 21st century learning environment. Practicing teachers need to be aware of the importance of visual learning and also need to recognise which of their students is a visual learning so that educators can help them improve.

References:
• M, H., Wither, C., Rich, A., Templeton, V., Garcia, W., Naidoo, S. and Naidoo, S. (2017). Why is Symbolism important? | Why. [online] Knowswhy.com. Available at: http://www.knowswhy.com/why-is-symbolism-important/ [Accessed 5 Sep. 2017].

• Blogger, G. (2017). Why You Should Use Symbolism In Your Writing – The Write Practice. [online] The Write Practice. Available at: http://thewritepractice.com/use-symbolism/ [Accessed 6 Sep. 2017].

• Ainsworth, S. (1999). The functions of multiple representations. Computers & Education, 33, 131-152.

• Kaput, J. J. (1991). Notations and representations as mediators of constructive processes. In E. von Glasersfeld (Ed.), Radical constructivism in mathematics education (pp. 53-74). Dordrecht: Kluwer.

• Leinhardt, G., Putnam, R. T., Stein, M. K., & Baxter, J. (1991). Where subject knowledge matters. In J. Brophy (Ed.), Advances in research on teaching: Developing the use of visual representations in the primary school Vol. 2. Teachers’ knowledge of subject matter as it relates to their teaching practice (pp. 87-113). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

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