Visual literacy for the 21st century: the required ability to understand the power of modern images

Virtuálna konferencia 29. 06. 2020, Božena Šupšáková

Presentation at the international conference on education and new developments, 2020

The presentation elaborates on the theoretical concept of visual literacy, which is applied to the contemporary digital age. It gives special attention to developing and cultivating the visual literacy of children who, through television and social networks, in particular, YouTube (video) and Instagram (pictures), „consume” today mainly picture messages. The ability of children to decode this information correctly depends on how they can understand the true meaning of the information. We have studied two generations of young people – Millennials (Born 1981–1996) and Post-Millennials (Born 1997 – Present). They are experiencing technological advances in the digital world like no generations before but at the same time, they show differences in how much time they spend in digital space and their preference for using social networks. For example, Post-Millennials – unlike Millennials – prefer internet access through their mobile phones rather than a PC/laptop, further Instagram over Facebook, suggesting that they are more likely to view images and videos than textual information. We explain this new preference to share photographs and videos from mobile devices, which places it among new visual galleries the content of which is perceived mainly through pictorial messages. The ability of children to decode this information correctly depends on how they can understand the true meaning of the information. Although the concept of visual literacy is broader, in my presentation I will address the strategies and techniques of teaching the reception and perception of visual information of children of younger school age.

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