Infographics are all the rage. I have seen them on blog postings, shared on facebook, pinned on pinterest, printed in papers and in magazines. Basically they are a graphic representation of information. Think about USA Today, they have been doing this for years, taking data and displaying it with bright colors and images to make a point and display the data in a way that is easy to understand. Several subject areas TEKS require students to be able to read data from a chart, graph or image and draw conclusions. Infographics are a way to do that.
For those of you that are visual learners here is a great video on Inforgraphics as a Creative Assessment:
Examples of Infographics:
- Huge Collection of Infographics and an analysis of each one: http://www.coolinfographics.com/
- Getting More out of Google Infographic: http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2011/11/23/infographic-get-more-out-of-google.html
- Examples of Infographics concering Education: http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/tag/education
- Constant Celocity Infographic: http://www.slideshare.net/gabud/constant-velocity-infographic (student created and uses QR codes to extend the learning beyond the page)
- Kathy Schrock’s Infographic Topic List: https://sites.google.com/a/kathyschrock.net/infographics/infographictopics to get you started researching
Use infographics in the classroom:
Search google using “infographics” and your keywords to see what is available on the internet. Use the projector to display and discuss the information available on the infographic.
Taking it a step further:
Students could make their own infographic as a creative assessment using Excel for the charts and graphs and Publisher for the layout of the information. What a great way to report on a country or a historical event, or any topic that is organized around data of some kind.
Students have to
- choose the appropraite data
- graphics to help visualize the data
- organize the information to tell a story or get their point across.
- Kathy Shrock is an expert on technology, resources and education and she has compiled a list of resources in creating an inforgraphic: https://sites.google.com/a/kathyschrock.net/infographics/links
- Blog article on using and creating infographics in the classroom: http://www.slideshare.net/gabud/constant-velocity-infographic