Thing 24: Infographics

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 🙂

Info Graphic Gray-v2

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.

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About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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2 Responses to Thing 24: Infographics

  1. Great work! And I definitely want to check out ResumUP! Thanks for sharing that.

  2. Pingback: Thing 25: Infographics & Data Visualization | Nemeth's Teaching Toolkit

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