I began watching a TED Talk today by Philip Rosedale, the founder of the SecondLife environment. Last school year, Goochland High School students participated in a project with Mrs. Berry on the teen grid.
This presentation, about half-way through, got real interesting. Rosedale makes the point that language alone is messy, that add an image (his example: a chair), and no translation is required. It’s a universal symbol. We know what a chair is (at least for most cultures). It spoke to me about the importance of emphasizing that instructional materials include images, 3D models, and icons. It makes sense if you believe him when he says the “impact” of the images (with or without text) is more memorable. I’m embedding the TEDTalk below, for your perusal.
Thanks to Kim Bachmann for the link to this online presentation.