Sunday, December 14, 2014
DigLit Sunday: Infographics #playtolearn
Infographics are not only full of interesting thinking, but they are pleasing to the eye. There's something about being able to think through a topic graphically. Looking at an infographic I've always thought they must be easy to make, but I have found considering your content and message for an infographic to me more challenging than I had anticipated.
Yesterday, I decided to give creating an infographic a try for my post, Teacher as Personal Trainer. I used Piktochart for yesterday's infographic. Templates were limited unless you are willing to pay $29 per month which I consider to be far out of my price range. I found creating on the site to be a bit time consuming, but manageable. There were many options for sharing the final product.
Today I thought I would try Venngage. While this site was much easier to use, I found embedding the final infographic to be more of a challenge. In Piktochart the embed code could be adjusted before copying it. Piktochart automatically adjusted ratios for effective presentation. Today's infographic about DigiLitSunday wasn't as easy to adjust to embed into my blog. You cannot see the entire infographic here, but instead will have to click this link.
I'm thinking infographics could be useful as an option for sharing thinking digitally. Though infographics aren't new, I'm in the beginning stages of exploring their possibilities for students. I'm wondering what you have tried. Favorite creation apps for infographics? Infographics you like to use as mentor texts? How have they worked in your classroom?
Cool Infographics (mentor text)
Daily Infographic (mentor text)
Kids Discover: Infographics (mentor text)
Now I See: Collection of Infographic Resources (information)
Cybraryman: Infographics (information)
The Guardian: Infographics What Children Can Learn from Data (information and mentor text)