Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Infographics In The Classroom

Infographics appear to be the "poster" of the 21st century.  It is a highly effective way for students to display their learning while incorporating a variety of technology and artistic skills.
Due to the fact that I teach first grade, I am not sure I would use this in my classroom.  First graders have a difficult time reading and writing independently.  That combined with the extensive number of computer skills (clicking, dragging, rotating shapes, recoloring, etc.) could lead to a very frustrated class.  
If I taught an older grade, I could absolutely see the value of this assignment.  Students could work on their infographic anywhere without carrying around a variety of supplies.  Each student would have the ability to create their infographic in a creative way that represents themselves as a graphic designer.  This would be a great way for students to summarize their learning across the subject areas.  I feel that students would enjoy making a polished graphic such as these. Language arts teachers could use this to compare and contrast novels, science teachers could have their students summarize their learning about the various topics, social studies teachers could use them to create a timeline.  I feel as though, the possibilities are endless and infographics enable students to try out something other than the basic Google or Microsoft products.  Students could also include the use of a QR code that could take viewers to a video or audio recording to accompany their infographic.
I created two infographics for my current class and one for a previous class.  I have to say the one for my previous class is my favorite.  For this class I used Canva which did not allow me to lengthen my graphic without joining.  I simply had to add a page to the graphic.


Piktochart was used for my previous class and it was a little more user friendly and I was able to lengthen my infographic as much as I needed.



Of the three, the statistical infographic was probably my least favorite.  It seems like it is slightly better than a poster, but not nearly as polished as a full infographic using Canva or Piktochart.  I felt it was difficult to find a picture that would make sense when you sliced it into the various data points.  

All in all though, I think infographics will continue to build in popularity in schools and will enable students to feel a sense of ownership in their work while expressing their creativity and making the project uniquely theirs.   

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