Saturday, January 1, 2011
Infographics Are Great Discussion Starters
Have you heard of an infographic? It is a visual graphic of information and they are popping up all over the Internet. Infographics are interesting to look at and can be great discussion starters for your classroom. I plan to incorporate infographics into our morning meeting (bell work). Students will need to read and analyze the information and data presented in the infographic and will need to interpret the data to make conclusions. They can also compare and contrast data. Using an infographic students can state opinions and debate a point of view. I think these neat visuals lead to many higher level thinking skills.
Take a look. Here are four infographics I found through a Google search.
#1 2000 Vs. 2010 (Click on the infographic to make it bigger)
Shows the changes in the world over the past decade.
#2 Holiday Waste
Illustrates the amount of waste in the U.S. and has very interesting data on spending.
#3 What is the Web thankful for?
Shows the top 12 items that people are thankful for in their lives. Before viewing it would be interesting to see what our students are thankful for compared to the infographic.
#4 New Year's Eve: national traditions
Describes the different ways people in other countries celebrate the New Year. I think Italy has a great tradition and I want to give it a try!
I like this article from Langwitche's Blog about using infographics with students and thinking about how students could create their own infographics.
Want more? Look here, here, and here for more lists of infographics.