So TechChef4U has caught the Infographics Influenza! Being a bit of a Pinterest fanatic, I have found an easy way to support and feed my Infographics Habit. Continuing to stock pile Educational Infographics on my Pinterest board, I waited until I found an app-ortunity to share these resources with one of my teachers and create a delectable lesson. During my stint as an 8th Math tutor, I had a few of the teachers approach me about engaging math lessons that they could utilize with 8th Math after the STAAR test. I mentioned the topic of infographics and shared a few of the ones I had collected. Then I worked with one of the teachers in particular, Mrs. Simpson, to hash out the details.
“Common Core Standards: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears”
What is an Infographic? Before we continue… let’s define and explore the topic of “infographics” further. No need to recreate the wheel… Kathy Schrock has already blazed the trail and created an amazing Vimeo video on the topic.
8 Great Infographic Stations: Teacher could choose a different infographic (from the list of 120+) for each station or have all of the students use the same infographic for each station. Infographics can be accessed from computers or mobile devices (as most are just images and not flash-based). Note: The EDU Infographic Pinterest board has been curated and reviewed mostly via a mobile phone – please preview and preselect infographics prior to utilizing the resources with your students.
- Station 1: List 5-10 Observations or Trends for the Infographic.
- Station 2: Generate 2 Truths & a Lie for the Infographic (prompt parter or other groups to determine which statements are true and which ones are lies).
- This could be accomplished with Todays Meet, Edmodo, or Lino It from a mobile device or computer.
- Todays Meet (modification): use Todays Meet activity as an exit ticket, print the transcript from Todays Meet, use as a warm-up the next day. Students would choose 4-6 statements and prove/disprove them.
- Station 3: Create a Word Problem based on data provided in the infographic (pass your problem to a partner or other group to solve).
- Word Problems could be created with a basic voice recording app or apps like Talking Tom & Ben, Puppet Pals, Sock Puppets, QR Code Beamer, Mad Lips, Comic Touch Lite, etc…
- Word Problems could be created with Web 2.0 tools like Make Belief Comix and Voki.
- Station 4: Answer Specific Questions on the Infographic (teacher could create a task or recording sheet for a specific infographic prior to that day.)
- Based on the trend and data given, make predictions or conclusions.
- Determine validity of statements.
- Teacher could generate multiple True/False Statements (prior to class) and have students prove/disprove them (some could require calculation).
- Create a Data table for one of the graphs.
- Calculate Central tendency for the data.
- Determine what the population of interest is.
- Locate bias in the infographic.
- Station 5: Determine how the information could be misused by supporting two separate arguments with the same graph, data set, or infographic.
- Station 6: Write a story about a person that the population describes or Create a Popplet to illustrate an individual from the population sample (similar to Visual.ly Twitterize).
- Station 7: Create a sample poll with questions that could have been asked to generate the infographic given? Then poll actual students in your classroom or at your campus and compare the data (use tools like Poll Everywhere, Edmodo, or Google Forms – all 3 can be accessed from a mobile device and computer).
- Station 8: Determine data and questions for the infographic that you feel should have been included or would benefit the study.
More Info/Resources on Teaching with Infographics
- Kathy Schrock: Infographics as a Creative Assessment
- Data Visualizations & Infographics
- Project 3 Infographics: Ideas for using infographics across core curriculum.
- Data Visualized: More on Teaching with Infographics
- Where the Classroom Ends: Great ideas on using infographics to teach explicit/implicit arguments and utilize animated infographics.
- 10 Awesome Free Tools to Make Infographics