Wikipedia defines Information graphics or infographics as graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They are great for today’s visual learners.
How can infographics be used in language classes?
Both teachers and students can create it
- To introduce the writer of a novel or a story.
- To talk about the era in which the story takes place.
- To talk about the story or the novel highlighting the important events.
- To talk about a character’s decision in a story or a novel.
- To talk about movies.
- To present a topic.
- To preteach or teach a new subject.
- To revise words, prefixes or suffixes.
- To teach passives. (processing) first cows are milked. Then they are sent to …
I think we can make the list longer according to our needs. Before you start creating the infographic
- Choose your template
- Choose the relevant information to use in the infographic
- Use short simple sentences
Some cool infographics on mashables pinterest board for you to follow or get inspiration.
I’ve just come across with easel.ly a site where you can create an infographic. It is quite easy to use the tool. All you have to do is to sign up, chose vhemes (visual themes), drag and drop a vheme onto your canvas and then create your infographic using the available tools on the site. Once you save the infographic, you can embed it on a blog or download it on your computer.
Here is a very quick example I created.