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Infographic on Infographics
Infographics or Information graphics. Defined as a graphic visual representation of information, data or knowledge. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture.
Infographics are seeing more widespread use among educators. Infographics make great assignments for the following reasons:
- Can be created for any field of study or topic.
- Allows for creativity.
- Teaches visual literacies:
- Requires communication of information visually via charts, graphs, images, graphics, etc.
- May help students better understand complex topics and concepts.
- Teaches information literacy skills:
- Requires research.
- Requires analysis, interpretation and evaluation of information.
- Teaches students technology literacies.
Other benefits include:
- Allows students to show an expert understanding of a subject.
- Allows students to present complex information quickly and clearly as infographics tend to chunks content into digestible bites.
- A final product that is attractive and engaging.
- Feeds into the natural tendency for others to learn by seeing and interacting.
- Can be interactive, so users can link to additional information outside the graphic itself.
- Can easily be embedded into other sites (i.e., LMS, social media, etc.).
Infographic Assignment Rubric
Components of an Infographic
Infographics can be broken into three main components:
- Visual (colors and graphics)
- Content (data, statistics and/or facts)
- Knowledge (analysis or insight into the data)
Assignment Ideas & Examples
The sites listed below require you to register for a free account. If you want access to enhanced templates and tools, all offer pricing plans to upgrade your account.
A great program, but lacks some features that come standard in other programs.
One of the best looking programs. Offers freedom in building / editing using simple graphic tools and intuitive interface.
Has 30+ types of charts including bubble charts, tree maps and pie charts. Data editing can be done in built-in spreadsheets or import your own files.
A graphic design tool that allows you to create more than just infographics. Price: Free, but you must pay for Pro quality design assets individually.
Allows you to create interactive presentations, infographics and more. Easy to use and has a huge library of free templates, shapes and icons.