Visual Media

This course explores the role and importance of digital technology in presenting and communicating information.

Image File Types and Properties

Not all images are created equally. We will learn about the different file types and how to determine the quality of an image.

Image File Types


Use Google Drawing to create a simple drawing.

Your drawing must include:

  • background
  • border
  • lines
  • shapes
  • word art
  • creation using more than one element (look at snowman below)

You will save your completed drawing as a PNG or JPG/JPEG file.

Quick Drawing Example

Image Copyright

Images online are not free for the taking. They belong to the person or company who created the image or took the photograph. You will learn the rules for using online images by creating a short research presentation. You can use PowerPoint or Slides for your presentation.

Your presentation will explore image copyright. These questions will help guide your research:

  • What is image copyright?
  • Why do images need be protected?
  • Why do you need to get permission to use certain images?
  • What can happen if you use an image without permission?

The following links have useful information for your presentation.

Creative Commons

Teaching Copyright

Image Editing

We will manipulate images using simple image editing software.

Paint is easy to use and is a great introduction to more complex programs like PhotoShop.

Google Draw is a lot like paint and can be accessed from your Google Drive.

We will complete two simple edits: a face swap and an image using layers.

Face Swap

Darth Putin

Darth Putin


face swap



Story Slideshow

You will use slideshow software to tell a story using only images. The story can be based on an existing story. You may not create your story using images from a single theme or site. For example, you cannot retell the story of Harry Potter using only images from the movie.

Teacher Gets Angry


Stop Motion Slideshow

We will use slideshow software to create a simple stop-motion animation.

Your project must feature a minimum of 100 slides. If you work with a partner, your overall project must feature 100 slides per person.



Slideshow Software

You will explore several different slideshow presentation programs to see how they are similar and different to Google Slides and PowerPoint. In doing so, you’ll see the pros and cons of each program. Once you have chosen the software you like best, you will use it to complete the Stereotypes in the Media presentation.




Stereotypes in the Media

You will create a short presentation to show how images in popular media reinforce or create stereotypes.

Gender Stereotypes

PowToon Examples

Principles of Design

In order to create interesting, effective, and eye-catching visuals, you need to use the Principles of Design.

Create a poster or slideshow featuring each of the principles of design. Give visual examples to accompany each principle. Also be sure to give a brief description as to how each image matches its corresponding principle.

Principles of Design Student Examples

Flyer Design

Create a digital flyer on a topic of your choice. Be prepared to talk about how you used the Principles of Design in your flyer to make it as effective as possible.

  • Your flyer must feature images, text, and text features.
  • The dimensions must be 8.5×11.

The following flyer is a terrible example. It is 8.5×11. It does feature images, text, and text features. Why is it so terrible?

Terrible Flyer Example


You will learn the basic art and science of photography.


Rule of Thirds

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Rule of Thirds Examples


Gallery Slideshow using Original Images

You will create a slideshow showcasing your best photographs. For each photograph you will explain it’s strengths referring to the Principles of Design. In this slideshow you will be using only original images.

  • Your show must feature 20-50 images.
  • You must be able to describe the qualities of each photo using the Principles of Design.


Video File Types

Explore video file types and learn how they are used.

Video File Types Assignment