How To Teach The Visual Generation
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Digital natives or screenagers – call them what you will, you may find yourself teaching them. The younger generation of students are undoubtedly more technologically-savvy than most of us teachers and this must surely mean that they learn differently to how we did. In fact, this generation are known as the visual generation as they rely on pictures for thinking and learning.
When you think about it, our students constantly have their phones and laptops near them. Their phones are used not only as tools for communication but as vehicles for social media. What is the biggest aspect of social media? Photographs, memes, emoticons. In other words: images.
So let’s harness this knowledge and utilise images in the classroom. Not in the traditional way that pictures were used to make coursebooks look better, but in a more engaging, more effective, learning-centred way.
We’ve looked at ways to use smartphones in the classroom before, but let’s now look at a few ideas for activities which specifically involve images.
For homework, ask your students to take a close-up photo of something – so close that it’s difficult to identify what it is. In class, students must show each other their photos and try to guess what the picture is. This is a great activity to practise using modals of speculation.
A Picture Story
Divide students into small groups. Each member of the group must find a picture; assign a picture category to each student. For example, one student must find a picture of an animal, another a person, another a place, and so on. Once each student has chosen a picture, they must show each other their pictures and come up with a story connecting all the pictures. This works well for practising narrative tenses or linking phrases.
Tell the students they are going on holiday and they need to plan their trip. As a class decide on a length of time for the holiday and a budget. In groups they must choose a city destination and then do their research for their holiday – accommodation, tourist activities, local food, for example. They must find pictures of each of these and present their itinerary to the class. The class will vote on who has the best trip. Besides practising vocabulary of travelling and holidays, this activity can be extended to practise comparatives and superlatives.
Pinterest can be used for a range of activities. It’s a great source of images on any topic. For example, if you are discussing food in a lesson you can ask your students to search for food on Pinterest and use the images as a basis for a discussion. Or you can get your students to search for films and use the images to discuss film genres and preferences. With Pinterest, the possibilities really are endless.
There is no doubt that the younger generations learn differently to us and so this means they respond better to different teaching methods. Using images is one small way we can try to connect with them and teach them in a way they understand.
Adapted from: Wasilewska, M. (2017) The Power of Image Nation: How to Teach a Visual Generation. In Kieran Donaghy and Daniel Xerri (eds). ELT Council: Malta.
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- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.