Monday, February 13, 2012

What have we learnt?

We have been doing our first activity which has consisted of illustrating some concepts and giving them to another group in order to guess what they mean.
As a result of not being able to find a word connected to one of the drawings we had to guess, it comes to our mind several questions.
One of them is the fact that for us is easier to find out a word from a picture once we have a list and we just have to identify or connect this picture to one of the words from the list. Otherwise, it would have been really difficult to guess any of them. On the other hand, there are some really difficult words in order to illustrate them such as those that imply emotions or actions.
Our illustrations
Another thing we have realized is the different meanings we can guess from a single picture and the fact that it depends on the point of view of the person who is looking at it. The meanings of a picture can differ from what the author wanted to express, as the viewer interprets them from his or her point of view. If the drawing is not clear enough it can give place to ambiguity and therefore not play the role that it was made for.

Our suggest for BGB´s illustrations

The BGB´s illustrations

One important thing we have also learnt is that taking into account that our receivers will be children, we must be clear in our illustrations as they don´t misunderstand what we are trying to clarify for them with those illustrations.

Would it have been easier for children to guess what a picture illustrates?
On one hand it would, as children have a broad imagination but they don´t really know the meaning of most of the concepts we have had to illustrate and it´s difficult to guess something that you don´t know.
Communication system

As messengers or transmitters we must take into account some points in relation with our audience as first of all, the fact that they are children and we must adapt everything to their age. Next, we must consider that a different culture can be an important factor for not being able to understand some of the pictures. At the same time, we must take into account that the channel of our communication doesn´t have any “noise”, it can be received by every pupil, in other words, we must consider if there is a case of disability in our class and include in our program activities which can be made by everyone.
As actors in a special context (school) we interact with our pupils and we are at the same time transmitters and receivers. Since new technologies exist, our pupils receive information not only from us or from their parents but also from the media, what can give place to a broad field of interchanging knowledge.
In that point we must distinguish between formal, informal and non-formal education. Formal education refers to the structured educational system provided by the state for children and it can be private or public and leads to a formal certification. Non-formal education takes place outside of the formalize organized school and takes place lifelong and informal education refers to the knowledge that you obtain from your community or the people that surround you.

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