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Infographics: our new guide
At ISTE last summer I was inspired by three fabulous presentations about using infographics as a student strategy for telling a story and taking a stand through visualizing data.
Last June, I was thinking:
that we could/should begin to ask learners to interact with and make sense of data, not merely by studying and consuming it, but by creating and designing with it. That designing infographics might be a worthy new strategy for creatively, and perhaps beautifully, communicating the result of student research–for developing and inspiring new levels of information and media fluency.
Using the following presentations as a launching points, I created a LibGuide/lesson for our own students.
- Infographics as a Creative Assessment session by Kathy Schrock (video of Kathy’s session)
- ISTE 11 Infographics session by Jane Krauss and Diana Laufenberg
- ISTE11 Infographics Links, session by Laurie Fowler and Katie Kinney
The Guide allowed me to explore the growing number of portals providing data sets, to gather a variety of graphing, mapping, timelining and brainstorming tools, icon and graphic libraries, and so much more.
While I’ve yet to present a formal lesson in infographic production, students in our Global Studies classes were introduced to the idea as an option for communicating their final research project on a global crisis. We have a few promising products in the works which I will try to share in a future post.
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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