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Close Reading of Photographs

Here is a link to a column I wrote recently for  NOTE: I also conduct PD for…Continue

Started by Frank W. Baker Aug 24, 2014.

To Kill A Mockingbird: Compare & Contrast Book Covers

Here is a simple activity which asks students to consider the paperback images of the book from 1962 to today.Continue

Tags: compare and contrast, visual literacy,, to kill a mockingbird

Started by Frank W. Baker May 25, 2010.

Visual Literacy & The Civil Rights Movement

A couple of summers ago, I traveled to Atlanta's High Museum of Art to see the exhibit Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement,…Continue

Tags: photographs,, civil rights,, visual literacy,

Started by Frank W. Baker May 25, 2010.

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Comment by Nell Fleming on June 18, 2012 at 7:20pm
Comment by Denise Borck on February 19, 2012 at 10:24pm

I always do the lesson below and kids are always shocked by how easy it is to alter photos.

Fotoflexer is a free online image editor which allows you to perform basic editing options as well as some advanced features. You can create an account to save a project you are currently working on to login later to complete.
The Project:

Students must select an online image to edit and employ techniques taught during the Fotoflexer Media Literacy lesson.
My Observations:
Most of my students have no idea how much editing is done to photos. I start my lesson by showing some before and after celebrity photos. We discuss that our perceptions of a normal body image are impacted negatively by these examples.
Embed video:
I also show classes how edited photos are used to manipulate the way we think.
After our class discussion, I show students how the pros edit photos. I use Fotoflexer because it is very simple to use but it also has some advanced features under the “Geek” tab. My favorite tool is the Smart Scissors which allows you to cut out a portion of an image for placement in another. The kid’s favorite is the distort tab which allows a plus-sized model to lose 30 pounds with one mouse click.


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