Back in 2010, Jeff Dunn wrote an article about how infographics can accelerate learning. Their popularity has not lessened since then; in fact, I think their popularity has only grown, if this Pinterest page is any indication.
They Are Concise
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s an old cliche that hangs around because it is true. We read so many words today. There is so much information available to us now in written form. How many words do you think a report would be if it gave us the same information as on an infographic like one pictured above?
It’s nice to have that information chunked into pictures once in a while.
They Are Creative
Most infographics are highly creative, an amazing blend of statistics and art. Visit that Pinterest page above and see some of their great finds. Some infographics are interactive, too, like the one in this month’s issue of Edudemic Magazine. Check it out in the iTunes store today!
They Are Educational
In education circles, there is still a lot of talk about teaching kids to think critically, to elevate learning to the higher-order Bloomerian (yes, I just made that up) skills of evaluating and creating instead of hovering instruction around basic recall and comprehension tasks. So how do we do that? Infographic assignments might be one way.
I think that asking your students to create an infographic of a concept or text might be one of those higher-order tasks teachers strive to add into their lessons. I also think it will capture the students’ interests and get them thinking. Finally, I think that they probably won’t even mind finishing the assignment on their own time.
Learning how to create a cool infographic is a 21st century skill, right? Add such an assignment to a lesson plan and you’re covering two bases: higher order thinking skills and 21st century learning! This kind of assignment applies to any grade, too. Let the little ones create posters and the older ones work with a desktop publishing program.
These are my reasons for loving infographics. What are yours?