Infographics are everywhere. They inform, persuade, entertain, and so much more. These brief visual depictions are on screens, on highways, on business displays, and in print. Infographics are real-life visuals that inform people of all ages about anything and everything, and they should also be taken into consideration for informing instruction.
Why Integrate Infographics?
If the goal of the educational journey is to prepare students for the real world, then utilizing as many real-world templates as possible is key. Not only are infographics an excellent source of information in everyday life, they are also an excellent source of accessing and analyzing information in the classroom. These succinct visuals offer students a familiar source for examining and displaying curricular content.
Digital literacy is necessary for preparing students for the tech-laden society of today and tomorrow, and infographics play a role in that preparation. The more that the sources used in the classroom reflect what students see outside the classroom the more ease students will have in applying the knowledge and skills gained to their everyday endeavors.
When students are presented with information via infographics, the opportunity to process information via the combination of image and text is given. Part of using infographics is helping students understand how to navigate these brief templates and extrapolate the needed information and/or overall takeaways. This is a skill that can be used innumerable times on a daily basis as students encounter infographics inside and outside of the classroom. When students become the creators of infographics, they are able to apply many layers of learning and develop a valuable skillset for sharing information.
How to Integrate Infographics
Infographics can be integrated into the curriculum in multiple ways. Infographics can take on the role of information providers. Within texts or as stand-alone resources, these visual displays offer a great source of succinct content. Infographics can also take on the role of information processors. When students are presented with a variety of infographics that contain charts, graphs, and the like, they are given more opportunities to hone their skills in comprehending these visual depiction of valuable information. Infographics can also take on the role of information presenters. When students become the infographic creators, they are tasked with analyzing information to determine the succinct content needed to showcase their understanding.
One go-to guide that houses a bountiful resource list about integrating infographics is Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything: Infographics as Creative Assessment. This anything and everything guide has links to samples, software, and standards. There are also lists of resources with online tutorials, teaching tips, and topic links. If adding or expanding the usage of infographics is being considered, this list is a must bookmark.
It all boils down to doing as much as possible to prepare students for the future. When students see the real world integrated into their learning journeys, they are able to make more school-life connections. There truly is a superhighway of information out there, and infographics are templates for sharing a lot of the information encountered. The more opportunities students have to navigate their learning journeys with these resources, the more prepared they will be for steering toward success.
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