“Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” – Stephen Few
This year get your students to visualize difficult concepts or understand a process by teaching with infographics. Use infographics to introduce a chapter, unit, or lesson. Students can work in small groups to decipher the infographic. Students should also create infographics. Students can conduct scholarly research and an interpret that research in an infographic. When learners create their own infographics they are telling a story of what their data, information, research and facts mean. They are creating a meaningful connection with the data, which is a powerful way to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Download a free pdf of the slides from my presentation, Visualizing Learning with Infographics as Learning Tools.
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Free Infographic Tools and Apps
- Piktochart is my favorite way to create infographics with clipart, templates, fonts, and more in their library.
- Infogr.am is an infographic creator with graphs and templates.
- Canva is a free web tool and iPad app for creating social media posters, infographics, digital poster projects and more. Get access to templates and some free images and icons. Check out Canva’s resources for creating awesome infographics here.
- Genial.ly is a free web tool for creating infographics and interactive visuals.
- Smore is a free web tool to create digital flyers with videos, icons, and images. Some teachers have used this web tool to create infographics.
- Visme allows you to create a few free infographics with cool transitions and effects.
- Check out this fantastic Google Draw template for creating infographics by John Calvert.
- Visual.ly lets you create an infographic comparing your Twitter account to a celebrity’s or peer’s account.
- Creating infographics with Powerpoint.
- Check out these resources to find lesson ideas for teaching with infographics: TED-Ed has videos and lesson plans about data visualization here. The New York Times has various infographics followed by pre- and post tasks. Check out this infographic lesson by Canva.
- Need guides for creating infographics? Try these resources: Click here for an infographic with 7 steps for creating infographics. Click here for a guide by Canva. Click here for a how-to video. How to Design Infographics post.
- Want to find infographics to teach Business English, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), or any other topic? Check out this Pinterest board of 1000s of infographics by Randy Krum. Search for any topic on Best Infographics.
- For more information on teaching and creating with infographics, check out these resources: Using Infographics in the ELT Classroom Infographics, Rubrics, and a Seated Poster Session 33 Ways to Visualize Ideas infographic Infographics for assessment Rubric for assessing infographics by Kathy Schrock
Challenge: Try one of these ideas to get your students to visualize their learning with infographics
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Shelly Terrell is an education consultant, technology trainer, and author. Read more at teacherrebootcamp.com.