When it comes to data privacy, what concerns me most of all is how much data is being collected without our knowledge. While many users understand that by entering their information into Facebook or other Social Media profile makes it public, many do not know that every internet search or email sent adds to the data mining pot. This is a great infographic, covering just the tip of the iceberg about what Google knows about you.
PEW Research has published an interactive infographic that highlights changing governmental priorities over the last 13 years. Viewers can sort priorities based on year, political affiliation, age, and gender (as well as look at the content overall). This is a great visualization of data for students and scholars of history and civics. Check out the free infographic and its resources here.
Vaccines have been controversial for the last decade or so. While many will continue to debate their value, one element about vaccines cannot be argued: They have had a profound impact on childhood illness and mortality. See the infographic below that identifies the morbidity rates of various childhood diseases (pre and post vaccine). The infographic was created and posted on Visual.ly, see the details here.
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: