Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Infographics: visualize your data

Over the 4th of July weekend I was chatting with family folk about social media and other techy things. One item that caught some attention were infographics which are visual representations of information. For example, cell phone use among college kids or world uses of renewable energy

One technique that sprouted from this conversation was googling topics with the word infographic included. This is how I found the blog image (education + inforgraphic) and links above. I imagine a number of classroom applications for infographics. One, for research purposes, this is a great way to wrap your head around big data. Two, use them as presentation media. For example, infographics would be a great kick-starter to a lesson or centerpiece for a discussion. Three, students can make their own infographic. This would be an awesome way for students to hone their synthesis skills by organizing and representing information they are exploring in your class.