Iconography (Operational Definition) Basic Guidelines
Iconography Can Show:
A. The How I - A procedural description This is called a Graphic Operational Definition. This address EALR 2
B. The How II - A Conceptual System Diagram
This case addresses EALR 1 (Properties, Structures, & Change)
C. The Why - Demonstrates why something occurred. This is discovered as a result of an experiment or an investigative process. EALR 2
D. The Apply - Shows directly how to apply the knowledge learned to another situation or to explain a real world application. EALR 3
Guideline for students:
Overall Objective for iconographic assignments:
Another person, not familiar with the procedure, concept, reasons, or application will be able to understand the procedure, concept, reasons, or application being displayed, without asking for clarification.
Each step must contain:
1. The Step or Phase Number
2. Graphic depicting Step/Phase. ...... Label any parts first time shown.
3. a Short Label describing the step
4. Arrows, boxes, balloons, clouds etc showing the flow
Use standards for Figure Format for all Iconography
Benefits of learning iconography
Allows students to visualize the process, concept, reasoning, or application. This uses other brain channels than reading and captures higher learning centers.
Students understand how to do procedural writing better once they can visualize a process.
Gives students a sense of flow, process, pattern, and interconnectivity
Learning to think and draw in 3D helps students to move into abstract thinking vs concrete. Next step from there is to mentally manipulate objects, concepts, processes, applications etc
Increases students ability to communicate to and with others
Extra good for ELL and IEP students, low level readers, gives confidence over time.
Leads to more accurate work in following procedures and higher skill in recording results.
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