Visual metaphors can be a great way to stimulate learner thinking and to get people out of “thinking ruts.” For example, we can use a “river of life” visual exercise to either reflect and plan, or to tell a collective story. We can ask our learners to consider a challenge about their team work by visualizing their team like a bee hive and draw what is happening.  (See more examples here: http://www.visualthinkingmagic.com/visual-metaphor-bridge-gap)

At the same time, a metaphor can be constraining. It can drop us INTO assumptions as much as help us step out of them. Here is a challenge to play with metaphors – by CREATING a challenge using a metaphor.

  1. Review the examples above.
  2. Design a classroom activity that uses a metaphor along with a note of how it might be useful, and any risks, if applicable. Upload it to the Challenge bank. If you upload it elsewhere online, or tweet it, please include the hashtags #UdGAgora .
  3. BONUS: If you use the challenge in one of your classes, come back and tell us how it went. Bring some student feedback!

Mobile Aspects?

Working with metaphor doesn’t depend on the environment – online, offline, mobile or desktop. The implication is often that the medium you choose should support visuals.

Additional Tools and Resources

Example for "Visual Metaphors. Or not?":
http://www.kstoolkit.org/River+of+Life

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10 Responses Completed for this Challenge

  • metáforas visuales (Rosalina Macias Serna, @Ing_Rosalina)

    metáforas matemáticas

  • Oisin metaphors (Diana de la luz, @DianaDeLaLuzCh11)

    U sing metaphors  with students’ information

  • Como resolver casos aplicando metáfora (Hector Aceves shimizu y Lopez, @hecshimizu)

    Con una problema intentamos propiciar el desarrollo de habilidades el problema es: como cruzar de un lado del río todos los ele,estos sin que se coman unos a otros puede transportar dos cosa a la vez la vez las veces que sean necesarios

  • Metáfora numérica (Carlos Humberto López Ortiz, @carhumlo25)

    La ilustración plantea la disyuntiva a la que gran parte de los alumnos se enfrentan en las unidades de aprendizaje del área de métodos cuantitativos: los números son buenos o malos? Para qué me va a servir el conocer distintas fórmulas? All in a cat symbol # a number in itself

  • Feliz A Huevo (Adán Sinohé Sánchez Rodríguez, @adansino83)

    Metáfora del Conocimiento

  • Metáfora correo electronico (Luz Machaen, @1uzmachaen)

    Metafora de correo electronico

  • Water glass (José Manuel Meza García, @parkerpepe)

    Water glass Metaphor

  • Emotion (Luis aguilar carvajal, @LAC_1975)

    todas las emociones en una sola cara

  • Take a SMART decisions (Emilia Jazmín Vázquez Alejandre, @emijazva)

    Desarrollé una línea de vida utilizando el programa  BaiBord para abordar el tema de toma de decisiones y asertividad en la materia de sexualidad humana. Una de las ventajas que representa este material es que permite al estudiante reflexionar sobre su propia vida y pensar críticamente respecto a las decisiones que va a tomar en su vida y el impacto que estas pueden tener en su futuro. Sin embargo, también se corre el riesgo de que las imágenes, situaciones y… Read more »

  • Visual facilitation challenge 3: The longest lived metaphor in computer science (César García, Hector Juarez, @cesargarciag81 @hajl)

    Visual facilitation challenge 3: The longest lived metaphor in computer science Made in Bamboo Paper

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