I recently came across Diagramly, a nifty online program by jgraph that allows users to create their own visuals.

The possibilities seem endless…

  • brainstorming for a writing assignment
  • analyzing and creating labeled science diagrams
  • mapping out a text selection to illustrate author’s organization
  • creating a storyboard
  • visualizing a story problem
  • and much, much more!

This journal article and other recent research on visual literacy has brought to light the importance of teaching students how to read diagrams and other non-fiction text visuals. Re-creating these using programs like diagram.ly can be a fun way for students to explore these text features and learn the value they bring to the reading process.


comments and ideas welcome!

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