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Infographics

posted Jul 21, 2011, 7:23 PM by Lin Kuzmich
Infographics is a whole different type of digital literacy.  It promotes the rigorous and relevant representation of carefully considered information.  It is a way to conceptualize, solution, create, analyze, evaluate, and report in depth.  Take a look a a few of these links to explore options and use for your students.  Start with a short infographic on the latest unit or lesson you are teaching. Given this model, invite students to create infographics as one choice in demonstrating learning.  Otherchoices might include a web page, a Glog (Glogster) or shared document.  These types of choices provide more depth of learning than simple PowerPoint presentations. 
Let students find resources and sites with tools for creating infographics.  I included links to get you started.
http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2011/06/how_the_internet_is_revolutionizing_education.php This is a great article with a model on infographics as a way to communicate how it is impacting education.
https://sites.google.com/a/kathyschrock.net/infographics/  Kathy Schrock's latest presentation on infographics is included and also take a look at the links on the right side of this page for a list of sample infographics and also tools and resources.
Here is a list of software and tools to create infographics that Kathy currently recommends:
Use some infographics already created online as part of your instruction to engage students with visually connected information.  For example here is an info graphic on using sunscreen: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2011/the-sunscreen-smokescreen/  This is great for students in grades 4 through 12 depending on the complexity of interpretation or application in relevant scenarios.
Folks in every industry, business, service and throughout education are creating these, so there are rich sources to match your curriculum.  More on this topic soon and how it can help you with the new Common Core State Standards rigor level as well as the new standards in other states like STAAR in Texas.
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