demonstration of pixels


At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • recognize the importance of using images in your own classroom presentations
  • evaluate a presentation, lesson or lecture you currently use
  • analyze how you could add images to that presentation to increase visual literacy and help reach your visual learners
  • define the different image file types
  • describe pixels, resolution, and file size as it applies to images
  • select the correct image file type to use in different applications
  • recognize what constitutes a copyrighted image
  • define the concepts of copyright and fair use as it applies to education
  • interpret the concept of Fair Use as it applies to images
  • analyze a situation and decide if it is a violation of copyright law
  • evaluate their own use of copyrighted materials in their classroom
  • create a lesson to teach copyright concepts to their students



This module is divided into three parts. In the first part, understanding visual literacy, you will explore several web sites in order to find out more about the 21st literacy, visual literacy and what you as a teacher can do to promote it. In the second part of this modue you will view a PowerPoint presentation about image types and terminology and take a short quiz to determine what you have learned. And in the third part of this module you will learn about copyright by exploring some excellent web resources, taking a non-graded quiz and by designing a lesson plan to explain copyright to your students.


Visual Literacy

    1. What is Visual Literacy? Investigate this site Visual Literacy by Annette Lamb find out. Follow her links and be sure to also visit another of her sites Digital Glyphs:Imaging Ideas for a Visual World
    2. More information:
    3. Read this document Visual Literacy in Teaching and Learning: A Literature Perspective
    4. Discussion Visual Literacy: Post 200 words by Sept 1 to the Visual Literacy discussion forum, answering the questions found in my initial post. Then working in pairs respond to your partners ideas with a 100 word suggestion/critique by Sept 6. (See the word document for your pairings for this week).

Learning about Image Types and Terminology

  1. View this powerpoint presentation on Pixels, Resolution, and File Types
  2. There is a short quiz called Pixels, Resolution and File Types on the Tools tab in Oncourse which you can take at any time, those of you with advanced knowledge may not need to read any of the resources before taking the quiz. If you have trouble with any part of the quiz I suggest going back to the presentation and following all of the links and then take the quiz again. You may use your notes while taking this quiz and you may take it as many times as you need to before the end of the module.

Copyright and Fair Use

  1. First visit Copyright for Teachers site paying special attention to the digital images link. What are you doing right, wrong, what did you find surprising?
  2. Take a look at Fair Use Chart for Teachers
  3. Then visit this site Copyright In the Digital Age and see what type of example we are setting for our students
  4. Take this non-graded Copyright quiz to see how much you have learned.
  5. Discussion Copyright Issues: Post 200 words by Sept 7 to the Copyright issues discussion forum, answering the questions found in my initial post. Then respond to at least two other posts with a 100 word response by Sept 12.
  6. Develop a lesson plan to explain copyright to your students


Due Dates

Visual Literacy Discussion Initial Post Sept. 1
Visual Literacy Discussion Response Sept. 6
Pixels/Resolution Quiz Sept. 12
Copyright Discussion Initial Post Sept. 7
Copyright Discussion Response Sept. 12
Copyright Lesson Plan Sept. 12



Brebeuf Jesuit

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