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Notable Notes: Teaching With Infographics

I recently wrote a blog post sharing my reasons for assigning infographics, but the more I think about teaching with infographics, the more I realize there are a wealth of advantages for every level and every content area. So this week’s Notable Notes will be devoted to what others have to say about using infographics to support learning in classes from social studies to science and so much more.

In “Navigating in the Age of Infographics,” Troy Hicks points out that in today’s world visual literacy is important to teach, learn and understand as well as describing ways that infographics can be used for personal, professional, and creative expression.

Silvia Tolisano explores ways that infographics can be used to support critical thinking. Her post describes how a seventh grade geography teacher used infographics to reinforce content, support critical thinking, and also connect with a number of other important instructional goals. I also like that she includes a number of student examples.

Kathy Schrock points out that infographics can be used for creative assessment. Her page not only includes her presentation on this topic, but also includes a number of resources and examples to support your own instructional goals.

TeachersFirst also shares a wealth of resources for teaching with infographics including specific examples for ninth grade biology classes.

Diana Laufenberg wrote a guest post for The Learning Network’s Teaching With Infographics collection in which she describes how her history students create infographics to curate content information. This model provides an excellent framework that could be adapted to teaching infographics for a variety of content areas.

Kim Haimes-Korn argues for infographics as process reflections. Her post includes a detailed explanation of the process she uses with her students as well as sharing student examples.

If you are intrigued by the idea of creating your own infographics or using infographics as an assignment you might find the article 10 Of The Best Tools For Creating Infographics useful. I have played with many of these tools, but often come back to using something I already have installed (such as Powerpoint) to create mine.

Infographics can be used to support content instruction (see examples above for science, history, geography and more) as well as critical thinking, assessment, and reflection. How can you (or do you) use infographics in your classes?

This post originally appeared on my Metawriting blog in the Notable Notes category.

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Tellio's picture

Did you run across any research done that demonstrates that infographics help learners learn and teachers teach? I agree with the common sense argument you are making. How can it not do anything but help?  But how do we know?  I don't always need research hypotheses and testing to convince me to try new things, but I am llving increasingly in hostile educational spaces that demand I justify (or at least rationalize with research) the "experimental" treatments I use in the classroom.

Tellio's picture

And thanks for sharing the tools, the blog posts, and the inspiration.  I am digging into the tools right now.  You might take a look at Kevin Hodgson's fun dig at infographics here.