Chapter 8:  Using Images to Learn

In this chapter, we describe the uses of photo/image apps to foster learning.   One of the more important features of the use of iPads and iPhones is how they can be used to integrate photos or images to foster learning.  Both allow student to take photos and then edit, share, and comment on those photos using a range of different apps with affordances fostering visual learning.

Students use digital images to engage in multimodal learning that integrates digital images with print text, audio, and music using drawing or photo-editing apps to represent and communicate meanings.  This requires that students also know how to analyze respond critically to images, as well as present information, data, or ideas through uses of images.

Students are more likely to understand concepts or ideas if they have visual representations of those concepts or ideas.  For example, in studying cell mutations in biology, seeing examples of those cell mutations, they are more likely to understand the concept of mutations.  And, students can use images to communicate concepts or ideas.   They can use images to create a visual record of classroom/athletic events, field trips, experiments, or their work for sharing with peers and parents on websites, blogs, or digital newsletters.  They can enhance audience engagement with their presentations by embedding images.  They can also use images as graphs or charts for presenting empirical data in all disciplines involving data analysis.  Integrating digital photographs of students’ out-of-school experiences into assigned written pieces, helped fifth-grade urban students achieve a greater sense of confidence in communicating their ideas (Vasudevan, Schultz, & Bateman, 2010).