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How I use infographics with my middle school students.

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  • NY Times has a series with tips on how to make them, use them with classes, links to examples, a post for each subject with ideasKathy Schrock’s guide has video instructions, rubrics, links, online tutorials and moreFree Tech has reviews of sites, links to sites to create your own, links to cool infographics


  • 1. Infographics: show me the data Tamara cox Palmetto middle
  • 2. Definition • Infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge • Use when you need to explain complex information quickly
  • 3. 460 Connected Internet Devices
  • 4. Why should we use them? • Approximately 65% of people are visual learners • Information literacy standards are included in ISTE NETS and Common Core: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue. • They require a higher level of thinking (analyze and create) • They inject rigor into your classroom • They are fun!!
  • 5. Where do you find them? Links: http://dailyinfographic.com/ http://www.coolinfographics.com/ http://pinterest.com
  • 6. How do you use them with students? • Share one for a warm up to introduce topic • Have students search for infographics on a topic and share with the class • Compare two infographics on the same topic • Ask students to fact check infographics • Have students create math problems using data from an infographic • Require students to locate and explain data from an infographic • Have students create their own!
  • 7. Infographic Safari Mrs. Cox, Palmetto Middle Librarian, 2013
  • 8. How can students create them?
  • 9. Apps to Create Infographics Infographics by Column Five Grafio Mindmeister Maptini Photo Stats http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/04/5-handy-ipad-apps-to-create- infographics.html
  • 10. Infographic Research Project
  • 11. Infographic Teaching Resources • NY Times Learning Blog Posts: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/teachin g-with-infographics-places-to-start/ • Kathy Schrock’s Guide: http://www.schrockguide.net/infographics-as-an- assessment.html • Free Tech 4 Teachers posts: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/12/500-cool- infographics.html • Scribd Guide: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/03/excelle nt-tips-and-tools-to-create.html
  • 12. Steps To Create an Infographic 1. Become familiar with the ways to visualize data 2. Research and collect data and citations 3. Hand sketch a draft 4. Gather images and record citations 5. Pick colors and fonts based on message 6. Create infographic with citations
  • 13. Step 1: Explore types of infographics
  • 14. Step 2: Research and collect data • Books • DISCUS Articles • Magazines • Newspapers • Web sites • Use citationmachine.net to create MLA citations.
  • 15. Step 3: Hand sketch a draft http://www.123rf.com/photo_11073871_hand-drawn-infographics.html
  • 16. Step 4: Gather images and cite • Pics 4 Learning: http://www.pics4learning.com/ • Clip Art ETC: http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/ • Edupics: http://www.edupics.com/ • Photl: http://www.photl.com/ • PicFindr: http://www.picfindr.com/
  • 17. Step 5: Pick colors and fonts
  • 18. Color Schemes That Work • Yellow on blue blackground
  • 19. Color Schemes That Work • White on black background
  • 20. Color Schemes That Work • Black on yellow background
  • 21. Colors to Avoid • Red on green is hard for those with colorblindness
  • 22. Colors to Avoid • If you want to use red, go for burgundy instead • Red causes an agitated emotional response
  • 23. Colors Evoke Emotion • Green makes the viewer feel involved with topic • Blue indicates a calm message • Yellow is for hope and cheerfulness • Purple is childlike, save for “light” topics • Black indicates power
  • 24. Fonts • Type can express mood and emotion • Do not use more than three different fonts • Bookman, Garamond, and Times New Roman are good for large blocks of text • Arial and Comic Sans are good for headlines • Make limited use of CAPITAL LETTERS
  • 25. Step 6: Create infographic and cite sources • Power Point will be used to create the infographic • Rubric Overview • Don’t forget citations
  • 26. Power Point Tricks to Know • Bring to Front, Send to Back • Set color transparent • Change slide orientation • Create graphs in Excel and Paste in • Save as JPEG
  • 27. Sources Schrock, Kathy. “Power Point Etiquette” Slideshare Presentation, http://www.slideshare.net/kathyschrock/powerpoint-for-administrators Links to infographics used: http://www.123rf.com/photo_11073871_hand-drawn-infographics.html http://idea4invention.com/articles/electric-car-inventions-timeline-infographic http://www.mobypicture.com/user/JeeeM/view/7788306 http://mashable.com/2012/07/18/lego-infographic/ http://www.markedlines.com/a-roundup-of-25-jaw-dropping-infographics/ http://www.clicksoftware.com/national-critical-planning-infrastructure-management- during-summer.htm http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2013/3/19/ink-costs-more-than-human- blood.html http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2013/3/22/460-million-connected-internet- devices.html http://visual.ly/anatomy-teacher