Using pictures as part of a reviewing process can produce these
- The process of creating pictures helps
individuals to sort out their own thoughts and feelings - after
which they are able to express themselves more clearly
(with or without the picture they created).
- The process of creating pictures co-operatively (in
groups) encourages people to talk to each other in some depth
detail about their experiences of the activity being
- Whatever is created through pictures serves as a visual
confidence booster in helping people to communicate their
experience of the activity to others.
- Pictures expand the 'language' of reviewing, open up
channels of communication and generally help to develop
- The picture may speak for itself,
sometimes communicating more
about an activity experience than a verbal picture would achieve.
- Pictures can be used at all stages of a learning
cycle - for
describing the past, for communicating
about the present and for
envisioning the future. See this
We all think in pictures - some more than others -
depending on our
'preferred learning styles'. We can use words, tone of
gestures to communicate our mental pictures to others. We can
also - of course - use pictures to communicate pictures! But many
of us get stuck in the groove of communication by words alone -
even where a picture would be worth 1,000 words (and might even
save a lot of time).
The use of visual communication tools can
help people to get out of a verbal rut and to communicate more
easily in both words and pictures.
For some people it is 'second nature' to think and
themselves through pictures. And many people find it
talk when they can refer to a picture as a 'visual aid'.
Unfortunately there are also many people who believe they cannot
draw. Part of the skill in using picture-based reviewing
techniques is in using methods that bypass such restricting
For example: people who say 'I can't draw!' can make use
of pictures by:
In a supportive learning climate, even people who think they
cannot draw may take the risk and discover they can!
- choosing a ready-made picture
- making a collage
- taking photographs and talking about them
- giving instructions to
someone else to draw the picture in their mind
'abstract art' in which there is no expectation of creating
In our everyday lives we are surrounded by art,
images. We are living in an increasingly visual
Advertisers, campaigners, TV programme makers, creators of
educational resources are continually experimenting with ways in
which pictures can attract attention and get messages across.
Some advertisements have no words at all. If pictures are such a
powerful means of communication, why do we not make more use of
them as a reviewing tool?
Diagrams, learning models and flow charts are often used
reviewing aids, but there are many other ways in which pictures
can be used in reviewing. This section introduces some
picture-based reviewing tools to add to your growing toolkit. For
more advanced techniques you may wish to explore the world of art
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