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A Photograph is as Powerful
as the eye that beholds it.  Visual literacy is a tool that enables us to see deeply.  Young people who learn to analysis a photograph – to see the details that define the life of another child – have the ability to recognise the fundamental humanity that connect us all.

 

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Look Close
Photographs encourage young people to look closely, to be observant – to find details that will tell them the story – and to help them discover their own story.

 

 

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Retaining Knowledge
Photographs can establish a baseline of knowledge that children might already have about other places or cultures. They can provide a neutral starting point, a forum in which children can begin to share, discuss, and question their ideas/assumption in a collaborative way.

 

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Finding the Story
from actual pieces of data – or ‘evidence’ –  is hugely rewarding. The pleasure of discovery is the driving force behind science, archeology, research –  and all manner of detective work.  Photo-Detectives don’t get Fact Fatigue.

 

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Assumption vrs Fact
The right questions encourage young people to look carefully and critically at various parts of the photo (the clothing, gesture, background, etc.), and to analyze how the details contribute to overall image, i.e., the story.

 

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Connections
Encourage students to explore the links between their own lives and experiences and those of the children featured in each photograph. Many  questions will encourage students to compare the content for cultural/geographical similarities and differences.

 

 
 
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What Educators Say

exclamation_leftThe students were like little sponges soaking up a new concept, they learned how to observe, analyze, think and create in ways they had not done before…the impact of this experience has changed the way these students learn.exclamation_right
– Lynne Tilley, 5th grade, Comanche El. School, Oklahoma

exclamation_left. . . students were still … building on knowledge learned months after the
project ended.. . . Teachers saw the (Project) as a way to extend and enrich their existing curricula. exclamation_right   – Heather Weiss, Applications Coordinator, MAGPI

exclamation_leftMs Klatchko’s (Galapagos) project allowed the students to be a part of a larger
world.exclamation_right – Patricia Miller, 6th grade teacher, Brandywine Middle School

exclamation_leftThe information was phenomenal!  So many of the issues and topics  are
already part of our curriculum. exclamation_right
– Greg Roberts, 4th grade teacher, Inglewood El School

exclamation_leftA completely different approach to geography; a more human and
humanizing way. exclamation_right   – Peggy Grady, 4th grade  teacher, Springside School

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