Especially for visual learners, infographics may hold the key to helping students understand difficult concepts. Michele Haiken has written a blog titled: "A Picture is Worth 1,000 Gigabytes: Creating Infographics with Middle School Students," which is posted on the Free Technology for Teachers site.
Infographics combine images and words to tell a story or create a graphic on a specific topic. The blog includes links to infographic examples as well as links to sites where students can register to creat their own infographics.
Have you used infographics in your teaching? What was the students' response to this type of project? Please share your thoughts on this technology tool.
What an interesting blog post, Lynne, thank you for sharing it! As you said, infographics can be great for visual learners, and as a visual learner myself I've always loved using graphs and charts to convey ideas. I've found that expressing information in graphical form can often be more efficient and precise than expressing it in words, especially in the sciences.
One of my favorite online resources for infographics is GOOD magazine, which has a whole section of their site devoted to really detailed infographics they create. They make infographics on a variety of topics, so there's something for everyone!
Thanks for sharing the website with more infographics. I'm sure teachers will appreciate learning about this resource. I found a few other sites for infographics that might interest educators.
If you have found some other sites for infographics for the classroom, please share.
Thanks for this Lynne. Although on some levels we are innudated with infographics these days I think it is a wise idea to captialize on their popularity. I think they can be very useful for assessment too, particularly in science and am thinking about ways to incorporate them into some of our Science NetLinks lessons.
One concept that I would add to the inforgraph is the QR Code..........students LOVE to create videos of themselves, because it is all about them, with information about the concept and turn it into a QR Code to be placed in the infograph. As an example, you can have a picture of a cell, then have QR Codes explaining each part of the cell.........have I piqued your interest?
Let me hear your concepts.
Nicely done comparison between past and present. Makes the point that that we have made advances in education but have a long way to go.
Basically, infographic is a new word for poster presentations; however, the point must be made that visuals are so powerful that no matter what we call them, they are helpful to students who have to wrap their head around information (rather they are viewing or creating the infographic).
I like clean infographics. Just because we have more information it doesn't mean it should all be included in one infographic. The idea is cleaner and easier to understand without the clutter of too much information. Just my humble opinion.
Here's an article from OEDb (Online Education Database), that offers 9 Data Visualization Tools for Librarians and Educators. These free applications which will enable you to create your own infographics, maps, graphs, charts, and diagrams.
What do you think of these resources? Are there some that you have used or plan to use with your students? Please share how these applications will enhance your classroom instruction.
Thanks for introducing the concept of infographics...a new one for me. It is exciting, reminds me of a resource book that I use with my ELLs...A Picture's Worth 1,000 Words...
Simple Infographics could work very well with ELLs - summarizing the new content area concepts that students have learned using technology and visuals will be very appealing. (great assessment tool)
My students have already enjoyed creating Wordles, so Infographics will take them a step further. I look forward to sharing this with my group!
I really appreciate the list of resources that you and Maya have shared, thanks again...
How about these infographics which show the differences in the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England? What a great way for geography students to understand that these names are not interchangeable. They have different historical origins and different modern implications.
Check out the blog post titled, "Video and Infographic Explaining the Difference Between United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England," included in an online issue of Free Technology for Teachers.
What do you think of this infographic to teach students how to use images from the web?
(Taken from "A Fabulous Flowchart on How Students Should Use Images from the Web" published in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)
I have just caught on to using infographics....they are great for students to create summaries of content area topics and research...
The infographic you posted is clever...but lacks lots of images and color that I am used to seeing and that are probably more appealing to students.
Finally created my first infographic using http://infogr.am/
It was not easy for me...only because I had an existing graph and had to turn it into a picture to load into the infographic...
But now that I have some experience, I would really like to work it into my instructional activities -even as a simple assessment of content themes and topics.
Thanks Lynne, for revisiting this discussion!
I agree with you that color and images heighten the interest and effect of an infographic. I like your idea of having students create infographics to share content area information and research. Thanks for the website that offers a way to create free, interactive infographics online.