Hmm… Infographics to use in the classroom. This is my first time looking into this topic. I can’t really remember a time in the past that I used an infographic to teach – but I am sure that I must have at some point without being “aware” of all of the different components and design features that go into the process of making an infographic.
So, as usual, I started with researching.
What is an infographic?
What are the steps to creating an infographic?
How can I use an infographic in the classroom?
I started with two different central ideas from units of inquiry from our POI.
Grade 1 Central Idea: Advancements in technology have changed the way we communicate
Grade 2 Central Idea: The choices we make have an impact on our environment
After finding these infographics, it was helpful for me to understand how I would be using them in a lesson. First of all, it’s important to note that the information on the infographic is up to date and valid. Both of the infographics I found relevant for my students as of today, neither are outdated.
There are two different ways that I would use these infographics.
- A History of Communication – this infographic could be used as a provocation or following a KWL. What will students be learning about? What do they already know about communication? What types of communication exist? Students could look at the topics and decide if there is one that they want to explore deeper. For example, some students may not know what the “Pigeon Post” is and may choose to research that. It would allow students to ask questions, wonder, and inquire on communication topics. As students learn more, they could add sticky notes to make a web and share their learning.
- Protecting Our Planet Starts With YOU – this infographic is a very simple example to show students how pictures can be used to capture the reader’s eye and attention. I really like this example as a class project idea, where each student would choose one way they can protect the planet and illustrate/define that idea. Upon completing their research and creations, students would share with the class. All final creations could come together as a collage of relevant ideas of how students can protect our planet.
There are so many different ways to use an infographic in the classroom. It could be used for a simple lesson to gain students background knowledge on a topic or be used in a way to assess everything they learned on a topic. I hope to give this lesson plan a try as our classes move into these UOI’s over the next few weeks.
***Update: I tried printing an infographic after reading Cary Hart’s post about the printing component of creating an infographic in the classroom. I used Block Posters to try and print “A History of Communication” Infographic that is posted above. Turns out that “my image was too large” and in order to make this I needed to pay $5.
This isn’t too much for a classroom poster if it would really be a useful tool for students. I didn’t want to spend the $5 though unless the teachers would actually use it- so I will check in with them and then decide if I will print or not.
After getting the Premium Poster pop-up that you can see to the right… I decided to try and print the smaller image that is the “Protecting Our Planets Starts With YOU” Infographic. This one ended up being free and so I printed it out on A4 paper. As you can see below, the website does add a watermark to the poster. I didn’t think this was that big of a deal though… So I just rewrote the covered up part with a sticky note.
Mai pen rai, it doesn’t have to be perfect! I printed a separate “Block Posters” sign that I will hang next to my infographics so that I am still citing the resource where the poster is coming from.
Bonus…This doesn’t have anything to do with my post, but FYI.