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.
You are kindly invited to the next ELL, ESL, ELT carnival. The theme of the 33rd carnival will be Songs in ELT Classrooms.
If you want to participate, you can use the easy submission form and send me your blog list or you can contact me from here or twitter (I’m @evab2001) if the form doesn’t work.
If you don’t blog, you can still participate. I’ll be glad to host your song lesson posts on my blog.
Here you can find some cool ideas for new lessons.
A great summary of #ELTchat about Teaching English through songs: activities, resources and benefits of using songs for teaching, on Jan 12th via Vicky Saumel
Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 1 of 4): Background readings and resources
Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 2 of 4): Ideas for using songs
Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 3 of 4): Specific songs and their uses
Teaching English through songs in the digital age (part 4 of 4): Music-related web 2.0 tools
http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/2010/12/31/tesol-teacher-training-presentations/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_nPUuPryCs
Music in the English Language Classroom
David Deubelbeiss posted The 32nd ELT Blog Carnival!
You can check out all previous editions here….