Week 6 – Infographics

Hi everyone,

We are onto week 6 this week – three more weeks to go! I noticed that some of you haven’t been blogging this week. I know that the spring gets crazy in schools – term 2 projects, inventories, developing next year’s budget, spending this year’s budget, and so much more. I understand that we can’t always do everything and sometimes we have to choose between two good things.

May I encourage you to keep going on your own professional development? We aren’t going to be able to help our students tomorrow if we fall behind on the new tools today. If you have had to skip a week or two, no worries, just pick a week you are interested in and keep going. Alternately, tell us what you are working on in your blog. This will help you develop the supports you may need to work on that new skill tomorrow.

That’s your pep talk. Now onto Infographics. Infographics are simply the graphics we use to present information. You are already using them all the time – concept maps, Venn diagrams, timelines – all infographics. Just this week I used an infographic I found for a display I was creating on the Middle East. I didn’t create the infographic but I made use of it in my display (with permission). It was such a time saver to use something already developed. My display has been a big hit. The students have been stopping and reading all the statistics located on the poster – and it has started a conversation in their World History course. Infographics are powerful and they can be used with all ages and in all subjects.

So this week, if you work in an elementary school, you may want to try an interactive timeline with Dipity. If you work with middle years or high school students, consider reviewing the variety of ways to present data with Many Eyes. If you don’t have much time this week, spend some time looking at infographics already created. Please let us know what you find. Add them to your blog or link to them so we can share the good ones.

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