For K - 8 students, what are the benefits of photographs as a visual media?

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I would agree that any written text on TV is either ignored or not even recognized by most people, not just school age children. I find myself when watching television absolutely ignoring the written parts of ads either because the visual of pictures is to capitivating or the text is not able to be read.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The best thing I can say about text as read by students on TV is that it's at least words and at least they're reading.  Let's face it, though, the type and amount of text children see on TV is minimal, at best.  In fact, I'd argue they often overlook any text on TV and focus only on the visual aspects of whatever they're watching.  Perhaps sports statistics are an exception; however, the appeal of reading while watching TV is minimal, at best.  Most TV programming is cognizant of that fact, as well, because generally any words that show up on a TV screen are also spoken by either a character or voiceover.  Perhaps a very young reader would find some excitement at discovering a word he or she knows on the screen; aside from that, I just don't see TV as a helpful tool to teach or enhance reading skills.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In response to your question in #3, it seems apparent that, unfortunately, any visual media such as television is going to have much more of an impact on children today than books. They do watch so much more television than they do read books, and often these adverts or texts are designed specifically to appeal to children and persuade them into buying certain products. I don't actually think there are many benefits except for the way that advertising companies are able to manipulate children into certain types of behaviour - which is not a benefit at all.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The old expression, "A picture is worth a thousand words" still holds true in contemporary society although the truth of photographs is nowadays questionable, what with such techniques as airbrushing, cropping, and all the abilities to alter a photograph that a program such as photoshop allows.  Nevertheless, there is much that a photograph provides for the learner.

Especially with a generation that has been brought up before the television, who listens to its music on television where videos accompany the songs, visual media are intrinsic to young learners.  Photographs that illustrate what the instructor wishes to communicate direct the imaginations of the learner.   

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Even though learning styles has recently been discounted, there are still some who prefer to view things as pictures, and it adds a new stimulus to help memory. Plus, it helps students not only visualize, but see exactly what something is after it is described. You can tell a student all about the Sphinx bit if you show them a picture, it becomes clear.

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mubin2712 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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The old expression, "A picture is worth a thousand words" still holds true in contemporary society although the truth of photographs is nowadays questionable, what with such techniques as airbrushing, cropping, and all the abilities to alter a photograph that a program such as photoshop allows.  Nevertheless, there is much that a photograph provides for the learner.

Especially with a generation that has been brought up before the television, who listens to its music on television where videos accompany the songs, visual media are intrinsic to young learners.  Photographs that illustrate what the instructor wishes to communicate direct the imaginations of the learner.   

Can you please focus a little bit on the significance of photograph as a visual text for middle school student. Thank you.

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mubin2712 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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Here is the original question:

K-12, especially middle school student watch lot of text in TV. For example, they see lot of tv ad in text from, they see lot of public and government message in text form, they see educational program in text form. What are the benifits of those TV text over other things like book etc.

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