I LOVE me a good infographic! It saddens me that there are still educators out there who don’t know what an infographic is. Is this common? Are those of us who are familiar with infographics only familiar with them because of the networks that we are part of? Things
that make you go hmmm. I just proved to myself the importance of PLNs and being active on a social media platform like Twitter, if not, a lurker— at least as a lurker, you have put yourself into a situation where you are reading and taking in information, rather than waiting for someone at your workplace to tell you about a new, innovative idea. One of the biggest services that we can do as COETAILers is to share (and apply) the wealth of knowledge that we are gaining from our courses with our colleagues. This is an area that I should definitely practice more.
Our assignment for this week was to find an infographic to use in our teaching. As I looked through GOOD, I came across MANY infographics that I would like to use with students. The common, underlying theme in all of the infographics that caught my attention was the idea of the importance of having access to clean water, bigger picture: how MUCH we have and why it’s important to conserve and not be wasteful. I am so fortunate to teach students who come from families with much to give. Our school has various fundraisers to help those in the world who may need some extra love (I have been recently trying to push for looking at our own communities: neighboring cities, people in our towns, etc.), and part of me feels like once the fundraiser is over, so is the love given– out of sight, out of mind I suppose- this is not to fault the students, but rather the way we are organizing these fundraisers. Oftentimes, there is little to no follow-up. In order for this to happen, some sort of relationship between both parties must be present. I say all this as a reminder to myself and for my future reference.
Speaking of lurking, I have been observing, from afar, a great organization called charity:water, which is focused on bringing clean water to those who may otherwise not have access to it.
Back to the infographics I mentioned previously, the following caught my attention because of the interactive aspect to it, and the content included. It is not written in the most child-friendly language, but I know students will be able to understand the concepts with the magic of a little front loading, and vocabulary overview.
I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to embed a flash infographic, so I took a screen shot and have linked both infographics below:
These infographics would tie quite nicely with our new transdisciplinary units we are trying to launch for the next school year using the Next Generation Science Standards. Just yesterday, we planned big ideas for our Energy Unit, and I could see students diving into (no pun intended) this idea of water conservation and energy by creating infographics. Eventually, students would create their own infographics on the importance of access to clean water and energy conservation, in general.
I mentioned Kathy Schrock in a previous blog post, and I’m mentioning her again! Her website’s section on infographics contains a TON of great resources to look through! She last updated on 2/24/2015, so the information is up-to-date!
Piktochart also put out a quick and simple tutorial to get started on creating infographics. There are a plethora of resources out there to help us become more visual with and for our students!