Visualizing Knowledge & Relations

Many engaged in theory surrounding multimodal literacies argue that the traditional reading and writing competences can be supported by externalizing data and visualizing knowledge using multimodal design tools (digital and non-digital).

To support reading and deep understanding, this means providing learners with ‘meta-tools’ or meta-means to externalize (visualize) knowledge and make connections/critical relations.

Application 4: For next week, your final application (due Nov 21 before class) asks you to use media tools (digital, non-digital, combinations of digital/non-digital) to mind-map and graph/visualize your understanding of the readings (Braybow, Merchant), and make “graphic connections” within and between texts, and with previous readings, etc., and articulate critical reflections (what you think about it).

  • Create a multimodal design document that “maps” your understanding of the reading(s)…
  • Include main ideas, links across readings, and to previous readings, and your own reflections.
  • Consider both the content of what you read, and the form in which you visualize your understanding,
  • Think in terms of design (multimodal design)…
  • See POSSIBLE Models and Software Tools below..

Tools for Data Visualization (Media Tools)

Index of Software Tools for Knowledge Visualization (Tools)


(Interesting Models) Models

Edward Tufte (Models)

Ward Shelly (Models)

Tools Media

Brainstroming & Mindmapping Tools & Multimodal Presentation Media (can also be used for collaborative work)
Prezi / Mindomo etc etc

Venngage: Data visualization & Infographic Maker

Krita – Free Art and Graphic Text Maker

Pixlr Browser-Based (Free) Image editor and design tool: Work in layers, replace color,  transform objects.