Relevant images are not merely about decoration. They need to have purpose. In Early Childhood we tend to put pictures of kids on everything. I love looking at kids, but I encourage my clients to resist the temptation to put a child on a slide unless there is a particular purpose for that child being on the slide. To illustrate this point, look at the slides below.
This first slide shows the data the content expert wanted to share with the webinar participants.
In order to make the content more teacher friendly, we might have just “decorated” the slide with a picture of a child.
But to add meaning and to provide a cognitive bridge between the abstract chart and what we see in children, I added images of the same child progressing through the trajectory of the response.