"Write your answer and if you have time left over, you can draw a picture."
This all-too-familiar instruction to children sends the unfortunate message that writing has content and value and will be graded, but drawing is optional and will be ignored.
Yet these assumptions are not true of real-world information texts, whether they are reference books or CD-ROM resources. Information can come in pictures as well as in words, and more usually in the kind of text that combines images with words. Teachers across the curriculum, therefore, have an obligation to teach students how to read and write these visual texts.
That is the book description for Steve Moline's book I See What You Mean. Powerful stuff!!
And if you have been working with your students on visual learning - Steve and his publisher Stenhouse are looking for samples of student work to include in a new edition. You can submit your work at this Ning or just check out the fabulous resources they have there on visual literacy.