Lesson Idea – Infographics

So, as my friend Michael has pointed out to me, I’m a bit of a workaholic. As such, I don’t do summers too well after a few weeks (but my blog is well kept up). I’ve been using the time to investigate some more creative ideas for use in the classroom. I posted a few days ago my idea of using blogs in the classroom and recently learned more about Digital Storytelling and its potential role in the classroom. Another realm I would like to explore is Infographics or Information Graphics. Essentially, an infographic is a visual representation of information.

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of informationdata or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly,[1] such as in signsmapsjournalismtechnical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientistsmathematicians, and statisticians develop and communicate concepts using a single symbol to process information. (source – Wikipedia)

I love infographics. They can be complicated or simple. They can be about politics, history, social media, and more. Any teacher knows the age old method of giving a student the assignment of making a poster or a diorama to present information – heck, your basic science fair is based on this model. The infographic is just a cleaner (so much glue and glitter around after a poster presentation day) and can provide more detail. They can be incredibly creative, or very direct and straight-forward. If you want to see some amazing examples of infographics, check out these sites:

10 of My Favorite Infographics

Daily Infographic

40 Useful and Creative Infographics

Even though the finished product can be complex and impressive, the process of making infographics is actually far more straight forward than they at first appear. I’ve found quite a few useful tools on how to make an infographic (look for my finished product coming soon).

These sites offer great step-by-step guides on how to create infographics using simple tools:

How to Create Outstanding, Modern Infographics

The Anatomy of An Infographic

10 Awesome Free Tools to Make Infographics

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About Jennifer Carey

My name is Jennifer Carey and I am a student and educator of the human condition. I have long studied history, trained in archaeology, and found a passion in the field of education. As a long-time lover of technology (my father bought our family our first Apple IIe when I was three), I love technology and what it can bring to the classroom. I have taught at various Universities for many years as well as educating gifted teenagers through the Johns Hopkins program, the Center for Talented Youth. I am currently the Director of Educational Technology at the Ransom Everglades School (a secular independent school) in Miami, Fl. I also have a few educational podcasts on iTunes from my days teaching at TCU: The Ancient City of Rome, Classical Archaeology (2008), Classical Archaeology (2009), Introduction to Classical Myth, and Ancient Eats. They’re enhanced (so you get the PowerPoints along with the vocal), but please excuse the poor audio editing. Feel free to Email Me or follow me on twitter.
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2 Responses to Lesson Idea – Infographics

  1. Pingback: What This Is « Mathy McMatherson

  2. Pingback: Using Infographics in the Classroom… Maybe? « Indiana Jen

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