How can I use Infographics in the classroom?
Asking for new and innovative ways of receiving assessment tasks for students can be a little tricky and with 30 students submitting powerpoint presentations for every assignment, it is easy for students to use the same creative decisions that they continuously make when using animations and transitions.
Using new tools such as infographics allows students to create data-based posters that are both informative and creative.
What is an infographic?
An infographic is a visual representation of information or data, eg. as a chart or diagram.
Classroom uses for infographics:
For teachers to present information
For students to collaborate and present information
For students to complete as a task (non-assessable and assessable)
When students create infographics, they are using information, visual and technology literacies.
This page includes links to help you develop formative or summative assessments that have students creating infographics to showcase their knowledge mastery.
Which one do I use?
There are so many infographic websites, it purely comes down to personal choice.
You may want to perhaps consider the templates that each of them provide and determine their relevance to the classroom topic to ensure that it is simple for your students to adapt into a masterpiece.
I personally don’t spend too much on the background design but ask students to spend ample time in collecting their information whilst ensuring its accuracy.
The design element should come naturally to them and not dominate the activity.
Why use an infographic?
The goal of infographics is to help students distill the most important pieces of information from any given text and form a conclusion.
A good graphic can fit these standards by reinforcing to students that their conclusions should be grounded in evidence and by challenging their ability to organise their information hierarchically.
Infographics can also offer a rare chance for crossover between math and language arts.
How to ensure validity and accuracy of information
It is important that students have the skills to validate the accuracy of the information that they are presenting on their infographic.
This can be done by showing them good and poor samples of infographics and have the class critique it together.
These skills will enable them to critique their own work.
Teachers can also opt for students to work in groups and ask for each group to share the narratives and conclusions they drew from each other’s infographic.
This way, they are able to support their conclusions with evidence.
This can also prompt a classroom discussion on the differences and similarities between each group’s findings.