The goal of Digital Days is to provide educators in NCCS an opportunity to learn about new digital resources and tools for professional and classroom use. During our October Digital Days sessions, Jenni Killian, Allied Health Sciences teacher at NCHS, attended a session on Infographics. Infographics are an increasingly popular way to share research and information in a visually appealing manner. Quality infographics share a specific message using images, text, and data.
Creating infographics requires students to complete comprehensive research, collect data, and think critically and creatively about how to organize, design, and share their findings.
Ms. Killian took what she learned during Digital Days back into her classroom. She said, “I thought to myself that high school kids are very crafty and clever with technology so I’ll see how they do. Of course I was amazed. I asked them if they liked Infographics more, compared to Prezi or Powerpoint. They expressed Infographics are much harder to make, but are more visually stimulating. As a teacher I could tell they were more engaged and involved than with past presentations we have done.”
Smallpox Infographic: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/791427-presenta-board
MRSA Inforgraphic: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/789980-mrsa-copy
Pneumonia Infographic: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/795381-create-your-own
If you are interested in learning more about how to use Infographics in your classroom to facilitate instruction, for an assessment, or as an assignment for your students, click the link below to visit the Digital Days presentation on Infographics. http://nccsdigitaldays2.wikispaces.com/1L+Infographics
Need to see some examples of Infographics? Try these sites!
Teaching with Infographics – Social Studies, History, Economics
Teaching with Infographics – Science and Health
Teaching with Infographics – Language Arts, Fine Arts, and Entertainment
Information is Beautiful
Visual.ly 20 Great Infographics of 2012
NY Times 2012: The Year in Graphics
Wasted Resources Science Infographics
Larry Ferlazzo’s Best Infographics of 2012
Kathy Schrock’s Infographics Page – Check out the list of Infographic topics at the bottom of the page.