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Resistance is Futile or The Power of Info Graphics

2010 May 11
by SSedro

Yep. This graphic comes from a site that advertises online PD programs, but the facts on it jibe with what I’ve heard on Scientific American Frontiers and other podcasts and the sources are listed at the end.

While I find the information on it unsettling, I am saving it to add to my arsenal of graphics. I know the power of graphics like this over written text. I know I want to help my students create this type of thing so that they can be effective communicators.  I think they would find this an interesting vehicle to share their learning, and it could easily be embedded in a blog or wiki.  I haven’t figured out more than that.

Are you creating this type of graphic with your students? What are you using to create it?  I hate using Photoshop with children.  It needs so much configuring to play nicely.  I haven’t played with Glogster, could it do it? We could actually do it in Word if we had a source for whatever graphics we need.  Right now some of my students are making digital scrapbook pages using photos from their class photo gallery.  Some of the pages are attractive keepsakes – and the rest are good lessons in layering, color choice, and other graphic design basics.

I need to think more about this. How would you make this type of graphic with 8-11-year olds?

What You Need to Know about Bacteria
Via: Online PhD Programs

In any case, I’m going to go use an anti-bacterial wipe on my phone!

3 Responses
  1. May 16, 2010

    Yes Glogster will do it and more. I have used it with a y9 science class and they have produced some excellent educational posters including em bedded YouTube clips. My next step would be to get them to make their own clips for YouTube to put in their glogsters. Check out their work at leafittome.wikispaces.com. There are also scrapblog, voiceththread and even zimmertwins presentations as learning tools.

  2. SSedro permalink*
    May 16, 2010

    Thank you for that information. I appreciate hearing from someone who uses it.

  3. September 7, 2010

    Hi Susan, I’ve just made the connection myself between Glogster and infographics. I think this could be a powerful tool to generate and share interesting informative “posters” on a wide variety of topics. These can, of course, be embedded in other pages easily which also adds to their appeal. We are using Glogster as the personal page for students’ ePortfolios this year as a way to get them set up and comfortable with the tool. This should greatly enhance the use of this tool in other areas of the curriculum.

    I would love to see what you come up with if you use it.
    -K

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