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9. Module 2 – Using images

In this module you’ll be introduced to some practical ideas and strategies for using historical images in your teaching. 

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Welcome to Module 2 of this course which is all about how to use primary sources to enrich your students’ learning experience. This module is all about using historical images in your teaching. We’re all familiar with the phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ and using images in your teaching has many benefits. Some of these benefits are the same as those discussed in relation to object-based learning in Module 1. High levels of literacy are not required for students to be able to engage with images. Images are great for piquing your students’ curiosity and getting them to ask questions. Other benefits of using images in your teaching are that images can be very memorable and help us retain information. And images can convey complex ideas more easily than words. There are many different ways you can use historical images with your students. You’ll see in this module how images can be used for standalone activities and also how they can be used as inspiration for a whole project or enquiry.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module you will: 

– Understand how the 5 senses can be used to get your students to ‘step inside’ a picture, painting or photograph. 
– Understand how to use Maps from Memory to get students to look closely at an image. 
– Understand how to use the National Gallery’s Take One Picture approach as a starting point for project-based learning.