Infographics, or information graphics, are visual ways to represent data and ideas. These tools are a great way to introduce and explain ideas and concepts to students as well as a way that students can express their knowledge to you. Using infographics in the classroom can be multifold. As an instructor you can create your own infographics to use in your teaching and as a reference for students. Doing this helps appeal to multiple intelligences and aids in student retention of material due to the graphical organization of material. Infographics are also great to have students create as a class project. Having students create ensures that they know the material as they have to move up the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy in order to be able to put the parts together to create something new.
Feel free to check out an infographic that I created. As you can see they can be simple in nature and still have a great impact on understanding due to the visual way that information can be organized and presented.
What to do with Infographics
This resource walks you through the basics of infographics and their creation in a short amount of time. This can be a great resource for your own knowledge or as a resource for students to use as a guide to creating their own infographics. In this page is an infographic on whether or not to create an infographic for your specific purposes.
This is a guide to using infographics, for both formative and summative student assessment, showcasing student knowledge in graphical ways.
Here is a great collection of education infographics for all areas including this one on college students.
Check out this example of an infographic about the “Successful College Student.”
Tools to Create Infographics
A theme based web-app for creating infographics and data visualizations. In Easel.ly is a great number of templates to start with to start you off on your project. These infographics that you create are editable, savable, and sharable.
A great tool to create infographics, reports, banners and presentations with, Piktochart has a variety of both free and paid templates to start you on the right track and to help get creativity sparked. This easy to use tool can help enliven your information and help to appeal to multiple intelligences by representing data and concepts in a graphical way.
Pixlr is a photo editing tool that is free. There is a web-based version that you can launch in your browser as well as a version to download to your computer to use offline. This software is powerful and offers the flexibility to create something completely unique without templates. What a great resource to show your students and see what they can create!
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There is a wealth of information on the internet including infographics on most every topic. Feel free to do a Google image search for infographics and the topic that you are looking for. If you would like more information on how to do a more advanced Google search or fair use please contact the Academic Excellence & Development office at 608-785-9152 or email at AEDD@westerntc.edu.
If you have any questions on how to utilize infographics in your classroom, please contact the Academic Excellence & Development office at 608-785-9152 or email at AEDD@westerntc.edu.