Today’s students are increasingly more visually oriented. They are adept at absorbing information from visual material. They are also very good at sharing their own ideas and opinions by remaking images to suit their mood (consider GIFs and their impact on communication). Content is delivered in virtually every space they occupy using visual means.
Infographics provide a rich environment for students to explore the power of telling a story using visuals, particularly data visualizations. When students develop their own data visualizations, they think more critically about their information and its meaning. They also learn how data visualization can be used to mislead or manipulate an audience. Infographic projects, then, are not just engaging; they also build digital literacy skills. (UDL Checkpoints 5.1, 7.1, 7.2)
Check out this video from KQED for a brief overview of infographics:
- Annotated Bibliography – A collection of research on the topic of infographic projects.
- Create an Infographic (from ITS Blog) – Nuts and bolts for pre-production, production, and post-production stages of creating an infographic.