I love David McCandless TED Talk as an introduction to infographics and their usefulness. I would use this video to introduce the topic of infographics to upper high school students who benefit from the knowledge that there is a real world use for the skill we are about to learn and practice.
I used an infographic resume at my interview for my current job. I created many of the pieces for this résumé using ResumUp.com . If you look closely, please don’t, there are a few errors. The program was in beta when I used it and I had to get it done for the interview. The developers were very responsive and the problems have been fixed but I got the job so have no motivation to fix it 🙂
For this exercise I created an Easel.ly account and determined to gather data about our library circulation statistics. In very brief summary here’s what I learned:
- I need to spend some time learning how to extract good data from our circulation management program.
- In order to have a really good infographic most of your time is spent gathering data.
- After an hour I really only had a small amount of data, which doesn’t make for a very good infographic.
- A data checkpoint might be useful when working with students before they launch into their infographic…then again… experience makes the best teacher, so depending on the students I might let them figure it out on their own.
- I found the free version of easel.ly limiting in it’s options and I would not use this with students but would look for another platform to try.
Here’s my 2 hours worth of work….rather sad… but hey, I didn’t set the bar too high for myself.