Having an overall theme for the infographic (like this one from Daily Infographic) and assigning data points to individuals or to groups for creating the display is one option for using infographics in your course.
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Infographics can be an effective learning tool. They help students connect lessons with real world data to see information in a new way. They also make lessons more engaging. But how should you use infographics in your online classroom?
First, look for infographics on the web or create your own to share with students. Ask your students to answer questions about the infographic or to interpret the data they are seeing. Have students create their own infographics as a way to present information on an assigned topic. Timeline infographics help students learn about historical events. Infographics can even help with literacy skills.
So where can you find infographics or resources to create infographics? Our QM community in particular recommends and uses the following sites:
To Find Infographics
- Daily Infographic: A collection of interesting and effective infographics on a variety of subjects including current events, finance and technology.
- Google Image: Just type in the word infographic along with any topic and you are sure to find a variety of infographics that will work in your classroom.
- e-Learning Infographics: Search for infographics by grade level.
To Create Infographics
- Piktochart: This easy-to-use site guides you step-by-step through the infographic creation process.
- Easel.ly: Choose from hundreds of templates to start creating an infographic today.
- Venngage: Create infographics on any topic in just three easy steps.
- Canva Infographic Maker: Choose from hundreds of free designs and fonts with Canva’s dedicated infographic maker.
- Infogr.am: Easily create infographics and charts too with this free site.
- Visme: Create engaging infographics in three easy steps. Discounts available for students, teachers and non-profits.
Want to learn more about creating infographics before jumping in? Consider taking a course. Here are just three of many options:
- Design and Make Infographics: In this course, you will create an infographic on the topic of your choice using Adobe Illustrator.
- The Art of Creating an Infographic (Without Having to Be a Designer): This course will provide you with the foundation and tools you need to create quick and engaging infographics.
- Create and teach with infographics: Become a member of the Adobe Education Exchange (free) to access this and many other learning resources about creating and using infographics.
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