The MI's in online learning

Monday, April 03, 2006

Picture smart - visual/spatial intelligence

Our world is highly visual- oriented. However, when considering the multiple intelligences, it takes more to promote spatial intelligence than simply by adding pictures like this one to your lessons - although this is certainly a step in the right direction! Spatial intelligence is shown in a person's ability to think in pictures, to express themselves through grafic, drawings, colors, forms, etc, and to show an appreciation for the visual world.

By adding pictures to lesson materials you are certianly encouraging this ability, but the pictures must have some connection to the lesson in order to work. Look back at the illustrations and pictures I've chosen. Perhaps you will find yourself attracted to one or the other. Maybe you will even consider the connection they have with the related posts. They may also activate emotions, which are a strong factor in learning. I have added these pictures because of the connections I saw.
  • a sunrise as a metaphor for the beginning of this, my particular journey through the MIs
  • the sky clearing as thoughts start to form - daylight being cast upon the topic and scaring away the clouds
  • a sheltered path to a place full o fsecrets to be discovered
  • a boy making a letter (any letter), on the side also encorperating body smartness! to introduce a playful element
  • and of course the Jabberwocky himself! to illustrate a poem
  • a face of books - a visual game for the picture smart
There are different ways to exploit spatial intelligence on the computer and online. I will look at exploiting it in language teaching in the next post, but here are a couple of ideas in general.

Two relate to the picture above from Arcimboldo.
There are also quite a few ways to use technology for the picture smart. One program -Photoshop- is used above to make your own Arcimboldo picture. Here are other tools listed for you.
Can you think of other ways, especially in relation to other subjects besides art that can be used in online teaching?


Blogger Matthew Hamra said...

Such a great image!
Arcimboldo is visually very rich and many directions can be taken with his work. Your link to the lesson with Photoshop is great - ive bookedmarked it!
It could be great for students to do a modern take with technology and use computers etc.. to make themselves look "techno".
I think it could be used in many subjects, using different parts to make something associated with the topic. Like, using different types of rock formations in Geology or land and sea masses in Geography. I think the possibilities are endless. Good luck.

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Blogger Illya said...

Thank you for your reference to other topics. From my own experience I focus on language learning, but the transfer is there - one just has to spot it and take off!!!

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