Infographics to Enable Teaching and Learning: Part 1
The opinion mill may be churning–some sources suggest infographics are dead, while others say we should move on to more appealing “story-telling agents.” But don’t yet discount their place in the classroom. Regardless of their web trend status, infographics’ ability to visually present complex data has stood the test of time.
What an Infographic Really Is
Langwitches blog collects several definitions of an infographic:
Graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge. (from Wikipedia)
An umbrella term for illustrations and charts that instruct people, which otherwise would be difficult or impossible with only text. (from PC Magazine)
This comprehensive list shaped by information expert Dave Gray and National Geographic’s Juan Velasco (from Communication Nation):
1. It’s a visual explanation that helps you more easily understand, find or do something.
2. It’s visual, and when necessary, integrates words and pictures in a fluid, dynamic way.
3. It stands alone and is completely self-explanatory.
4. It reveals information that was formerly hidden or submerged.
5. It makes possible faster, more consistent understanding.
6. It’s universally understandable.
LEGO blocks and very little text illustrate what is an infographic.