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 information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientists, mathematicians, 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:
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: