Resources and links for March 11, 2016 Infographics in Education Workshop at Rockland BOCES School Library System.
Infographics – ideas, inspirations, examples
- Wind Map – live data, visualized
- Libraries matter: 15 fantastic library infographics
- School Librarians Want More Tech—and Bandwidth | SLJ 2015 Tech Survey – Great infographic presenting results of the Tech Survey.
- Indexed – Get a daily fix of of interesting insights. Elegant use of venn diagrams, charts and more. Challenge your students to create their own insights on an index card.
- Infographics Pinterest Board by Bernardsville Public Library
- School Library Infographics Pinterest Board by Sherry Philippus
- School Library Infographics Pinterest Board by Peggy Creighton
- Visual.ly – Can’t create anything here, but there are lots of infographics being shared. Create an account to search for infographics and upload your own to share. Could also do a google site search, eg: site:visual.ly libraries
- Information is Beautiful – All sorts of ideas here, beautiful visualizations.
- Cool Infographics – Great blog showing examples of data visualizations and infographics from magazines, newspapers and the web.
- AllTop Infographics – Latest posts from the top infographic and blogs sites.
- Search – Use your favorite search engine. Search for any topic and add infographic or data visualization, you’ll find tons of stuff.
Teaching with Infographics
- Infographics in the Classroom Teacher Toolkit – Nice package of materials from the California Academy of Sciences for teaching with infographics.
- NYTimes Learning Network Infographics – collection of teaching ideas based on timely news.
- Know More – collection of maps, charts and more from the Washington Post
- Infographics as Assessment – tons of information compiled by Kathy Schrock
- Using and creating infographics with Easel.ly in the classroom
- Infographics Across the Ages – Lesson ideas
- Language Arts Infographics Lesson Plan
- Infographics as a Creative Assessment
- Infographics for Your Classroom – Free PDF ebook from Easel.ly
- 8 Examples of Incorporating Infographics in Middle School Classrooms
Steps in creating an infographic
- What’s your idea?!
- Research it.
- Find data and analyze data. Is there a story there? Do the data show interesting connections?
- What is the “ONE BIG IDEA” that will hook them into looking further?
- Look at other infographics for layout and presentation ideas.
- Sketch out ideas for presenting the information.
- What sorts of charts and images will you need?
- KEEP IT SIMPLE! Don’t cram in too many graphics, data or text.
- Select a tool and start creating. Consider using another infographic or a standard template as a starting point.
- Powerpoint, Google Slides, Keynote – Slide presentation tools can be an easy method for creating simple infographics. You can create shapes with labels, import images, create data charts, etc. Slides can generally be exported in various graphic formats, like jpg and png, for sharing. You can also just capture a screenshot of your image and save it that way. PowerPoint and Keynote have the advantage of being available offline. Free infographic templates from Hubspot.
- Easelly – One of AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning in 2013
- Getting Started With Easel.ly – awesome video tutorials
- Our free infographic course/ebook that you can read in 10 mins – it’s a good read!
- Help articles for just about everything (groups, designer etc..), our help center. – We’ve kept things really simple for you.
- Piktochart – Free and Pro accounts.
- Venngage – Free and paid accounts. Templates for a variety of purposes. Includes US State map in free version. Double click to edit the data for each state.
- Infogr.am – Upload data, create graphs, charts and more. Free and pro acounts.
- Viz – Handy, easy to use iOS app for creating colorful, simple graph charts.
- Wordle – Create word clouds. Great for analyzing lengthy texts to see most used words.
- Create A Graph – Tools to help students (and adults!) understand & creat basic types of charts and graphs.
- Juice Labs Chart Chooser – Helps you select the type of chart you should use for various purposes.
- Canva – In addition to creating posters, banners, resumes, etc, you can create infographics too. (Canva Tips)
- The 38 best tools for data visualization
- Noun Project – A treasure trove of wonderful icons for all sorts of creative projects.
- US News Map – Watch news topics spread across US map and access news stories from mid 1800’s to early 1900’s.
Fun Instant Infographics
Some fun odds and ends of tools that will create infographics for you based on your twitter account, google analytics, addresss, etc.
- Visually Apps – Twitter Showdown, Google Analytics
- InstaGIS – enter an address, get demographic info for area. Compare age, race, sex and income for different addresses.
- Visualize.me – Uses your data from LinkedIn to create a graphic resume.
- Infographics Lie. Here’s How To Spot The B.S.
- THE ANATOMY OF A WINNING INFOGRAPHIC (free ebook) – Good information, from Piktochart
- 16 useless infographics
- Cool Tools Lesson on Infographics