Infographics are a popular way to present information in the digital age. Think of creating a poster without the paper and markers. Pulling graphic images, shapes, graphs, maps and fonts from the internet and using them all to create digitally presenting various information. I speed geeked about Easel.ly. Easel.ly is one app that can be used by students online or an iPad. I found it relatively easy to use. You can find a pre-existing template to modify and edit or simply start from a blank slate.
Here are a few examples of templates that I found and may be intersting to other educators working with grades 7-12.
Below is a typical venn diagram. Students are being taught to analyze information, data, etc. and present it in an accurate way but create the venn diagram on Easel.ly or another infographic website. The shapes change size depending on the number. Its aesthetically pleasing and students use technical and creativity skills.
Since I am a World History teacher for sophomores, I found the infographic of the number of slaves leaving Africa interesting and applicable to a previous unit on European Colonialism. We could change the arrow sizes to match the correct percentage numbers of people take from Africa. There are definitely way that one could improve the infographic below but I found this template to be an interesting example for Social Studies teachers.
Again, an infographic that could be very interesting. Instead of presenting a Power Point or writing a paper, students could take information that they have researched on another country as I am showing below for the Kurdish people.
Infographics are more difficult to create than I originally expected. I found Easel.ly easy to use, its free and students can upload or share their infographics with teachers, instructors or save to a Google Classroom drive.
Here's a great how to article about creating infographics.
If you are interested in trying infographics in the classroom, here are some links to infographic websites:
Thanks to our class member Kevin Vizme