Monday, April 16, 2018

6 Steps to Get Going with Infographics from @Eileen_Lennon

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We're more likely to read things that are visually appealing, so if you want to get your message out there, consider making an infographic. 

Want to know how? Check out this episode of the 10 Minute Teacher podcast where #NYCSchoolsTech educator, Eileen Lennon shares ideas with Coolcat Teacher Vicki Davis about her tips, tricks, and techniques to using infographics to communicate and share ideas.

Get Going Started with Infographics

1) Identify Quality Content

Use articles or books you enjoy to find content worth summarizing in a visually appealing way.

2) Ask Permission to Remix

Once you have content selected, reach out to the author for permission to remix, recycle, and share in a new way with audiences. Once you have permission, make sure you to cite your source.

3) Remember Your Purpose

Every infographic should have a clear purpose. Keep in mind the message you want to convey when creating your infographic. Throughout the process ask yourself, is this the message I wanted to convey? If it is, great. If not, refine, revise, and update. 

4) Find a Template for Inspiration

Once you have an idea to share, scroll through infographic templates for inspiration.

5) Incorporate Design Tips

Eileen suggests a few design tips to keep in mind while creating your infographic:

  • Limit the number of typefaces used
  • Uniform color
  • Use space wisely
  • Have a focal point

6) Share

Find authentic audiences with which you can share your creation in digital media such as blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. Teachers can consider printing infographics out to post around the classroom and all bulletin boards. Pro tip: Add a QR code where viewers can go for more information.

Consider this...

Whether infographics are created in your classroom, school, or district, Eileen says that students prefer consuming content where they know the source. Think of it like locally sourced food, but in this case, it is locally sourced information.  Students also like infographics because they are visually appealing, or if we stick with the food analogy, rather than bland and processed, graphics are the condiments that allow us to season words and text to perfection. 

Check it out...

Here are some of the infographics Eileen mentioned in the podcast.

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