Infographics are a cliche in 2014. But for good reason.
The power of the infographic is undeniable. Creating a visual representation of real-life data or information is a powerful way to connect to your audience. Especially if your audience is a classroom full of students. As the school day goes on your students get antsy. They start to mentally drift in and out of your lessons. It’s a real battle to keep their attention.
For example, imagine you’re a student. It’s 2:15p.m. You have 50 minutes until the end of the school day. Oh, and it’s Friday. The last thing you want to do is listen to a lesson about biology. You have more important things to think about, right? So what lesson are you more likely to engage with?
The typical definition-explanation lecture.
Or this lecture:
A visual-engaging lecture.
Both lectures serve the purpose of teaching your students about biology.
The difference is the level of engagement. With a more visually oriented lesson your more likely to win the attention of your students. And that’s the point. Building authentic engagement. The more time a student spends engaged during lessons, the more they learn (Gettinger & Ball, 2007). Visualizations of subject matter give your student direct impressions and immediate access to the lesson. Unlike the typical chalkboard counter example, which can seem distant and passive.
The key point is infographics are a supplemental solution to increasing student engagement in your lesson plans. Especially on Friday 😛
Where do you find infographics for your classroom? Let me show you.
Do a few Google searches to find relevant infographics for the subjects you teach. An easy way to go about this is to do the following search:
Now look through the Google results. Skimming the images results is super helpful too.
There’s 8,190,000 results for this query. You should find plenty of useful infographics.
Pinterest is an amazing resource for image-based ideas. Just go over to Pinterest and start searching relevant subjects.
Look at all the results!
Visual.ly is the web’s best directory for infographics. It’s a great resource for finding awesome infographics.
keep in mind you don’t have to add “infographic” after your subject. Just search your subject.
Again, a lot of useful results!
It’s that easy.
In less than 10 minutes you’ll have an awesome way to take your lesson plan to the next level. Build authentic engagement. And have your students undivided attention. I dare you to not use an infographic in your next lesson plan.
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