“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” By Edward de Bono
I am an a self acclaimed advocate for 21st Century Teaching and Learning. I truly believe that students need to be learning through creating, collaborating, critical thinking and communicating (4 C’s); that is why I am a fan of using infographics in the classroom. Infographics are a way to show visual representation of information. When making an infographics students have to use all 4c’s in order to complete one.
Infographics can be a great way for students to present data to the class on a research project they are doing or an arguments such as books verses ebooks. Infograohics align with many of the Common Core and Essential Standards objectives.Remember the data used for infographics could be data just from your classroom, school or community as long as that is stated.
Examples of how each subject can create infographics:
Science: If a student is studying the Great Garbage Patch during their ecosystem unit they can inform the class about it through an info graphic. For example how much trash there is and how many animals it has hurt.
Math: Students can do any topic they want because infographics are all about math data and graphs.
Literacy: Students can compare and contrast any two books. The students can also chose a hot topic they are writing about, For example, if schools should be year round or if schools should have uniforms or not.
Social Studies: Students can create an infographic on any time period such as the Civil War by making a timeline infographic.
P.E.: Students can make an infographic on nutrition or benefits of exercise and how it correlates with grades.
How do the 4c’s apply:
Collaboration: If students are working together on making these infographics they are collaborating ideas.
Critical Thinking: Students are critical thinking about what information should go in the infographic and why.
Communication: Students are communicating with each other and also communicating information.
Creating: Students are creating an info graphic product.
Step by Step process on how can you make them in your classroom:
1. Have the students start with a topic/idea and research to gain more information. I would also recommend the students create a rough draft on paper as a basic outline.
2. Create the infographic using Pages (or see below for other sites). I like Pages best because it is simple and user-friendly. You can also keep changing the page size to make it longer for infographics. (Inspector, page set up and then paper size scroll to custom) you can also create your own graphs using Pages. Remember too…
- Keep it simple and pleasing to the eye.
- Decide on a color scheme
- Reference your facts in the infographic (Sources)
- Look at others to gain ideas how you want yours set up.
- Make them interactive by adding QR codes or videos
3. Once you are finished, export it into a picture – j.peg, so you can embed them into a wiki or the students can post them on their blog etc. Here is one I created using Pages with a friend Doug Thompson- that’s right we collaborated! (We also did add some graphics using Photoshop but you don’t have too)
Other Sites students can use to make infographics easily and free!
Visual.ly (Limits you)
Kathy Schrock has great resources for classroom teachers on infographics too.
Please let me know how you have used infographics or created them in your classroom so we can learn from each other!