Technology is a great medium for organizing and sharing information. You can easily make mind maps, outlines, cork boards and infographics online and then share them with your class. One of the great things about technology is that it also facilitates collaboration between multiple people, so instead of just making a mindmap on your own, you can ask colleagues or have your students join in! This week, I’m going to focus on using infographics to organize and share information and next week, I’ll share resources and ideas for using some of the other tools.
Infographics use imagery to sort, arrange and present data visually. They are a great way to help students conceptualize a new topic or idea, such as the water cycle, explained here. You can also have your students create infographics as way to share their new knowledge. Deciding on which images best represent their ideas or how to create charts or graphs to show their data can be a challenging but effective method to reinforce or practice new skills and understanding.
You can find a vast number of infographics on the web to learn about everything from how to buy a used car to how teachers are using social media. Pinterest has a large collection of infographics. Here is a board filled with educational technology infographics and one with a range of topic-specific infographics. Look through the Infographics Database to get a sense of the many different ways you can design infographics. Kids Discover has some good infographics for kids and if you search the Internet you can find many more.
If you want to learn how to make your own infographics, you can check out this post.