Literature as the second tool helps a lot in the classroom through use of big books, environmental print and even showing illustrations to put across important information. Boards that work with felt pens on them help a lot in displaying some image in the classroom. Other features used include picture dictionaries and symbols. These two major strategies help in displaying of pictures and visual images for visual literacy.
Visuals play a vital role in learning because they help the students in understanding and memorizing the lesson learned in class. When teachers use pictures to help students learn, the images sticks in the children’s minds and helps them in memorizing the lesson. Younger children are also more conversant with pictures that words, therefore, introducing visuals in learning increases their level of understanding the subject matter, increases their interest and motivation, helps in critical thinking and also in improving their comprehension.
Advantages of visuals include the involvement of visual literacy within classrooms that offer help to students in terms of organizing their thoughts and understanding of information. Student using maps and timelines gain more information for the identification of certain areas that perhaps they need to explore. Putting information in form of a diagram makes it easier with the understanding of the factual statements, other than using theories for explanations. Visuals have enabled all these and therefore made the students work easier (Smaldino, Lowther and Russell, 2012). There are disadvantages of visual literacy and some disadvantages come with visual literacy; the number of respondents that are participating in the survey may fail to show up making the target number to decrease below average. The survey normally has a problem, as most respondents do not give full information, resulting into an incomplete data analysis, that generally disqualifies the survey process, and therefore making it a waste