Start discussing the power of words and the power of images by examining examples through history where images, words and phrases have had an impact on people or created social change.
Introduce students to Adobe Slate for iPad as an avenue to create a visual blog. After running through the basic functions such as themes/styles and how they have an impact on font, images and transitions, allow students to formulate an idea or concept on which they would like to blog. Encourage students to discuss images that may add value or impact to the words they use. By using Adobe Slate, students can introduce a topic,organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories, and apply formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia to aid in comprehension. As students develop their topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples, ask them to reflect on: Who is my target audience? What emotion/action do I want to illicit? How can I use the features and functions inside Slate to make greater impact with my content? Who might I share my published blog with? Through this process, students learn how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects and can empower or disempower people.
Extending the Project
This project could be extended to create texts that represent personal belief systems (such as credos, statements of ethical judgements, guidelines, letters to the editor and blog entries). Students could also write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. Adobe Slate blogs can be implemented into any classroom to discuss or reflect on certain historical events, critique or analyze literary works, write in foreign languages, or discuss new scientific discoveries.
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