Well it’s been just over a week since I tweeted a survey on behalf of my Year 7s. They are currently creating Infographics using Piktochart about the Social Media Revolution. The topic will form one of the units on the soon to be showcased #digitalstudies moodle site. They have gathered some data from the Internet about key facts and also images to put on their Infographics but we wanted to collect some raw data to do some modelling / data handling. I promised them I would try and get some responses but have been overwhelmed with the response with over 100 lovely people submitting the from so far. As promised I am publishing the data in raw format for others to use should they wish. I blogging this while on the move but will hopefully embed the summary of responses later. I’ve included the form, the summary, a link to the spreadsheet and embedded google spreadsheet so have fun Thank you to you all for completing the form, my Year 7s and I really appreciate all your help.
As part of their infographic unit, my Year 7s are gathering data about the use of social media. In just 2 days we’ve had over 20 responses from my PLN on twitter, we are hopefully aiming for a sample of 100 They collectively drafted the questions and I promised them I would try and get as may respondants as possible to complete the google form. Please take 2 minutes to complete the form below, we would really appreciate your help. I will publish both the infographics and also the data set should others want to use the data. If the form fails to load please use this link
Some 2 months after I blogged about the proposed use of infographics things have moved on somewhat. As proposed and planned my Year 7 are beginning to develop their own infographics using Piktochart. This east to use tool is great and students have taken to it really well, liking the intuitive design and I’m looking forward to publishing the finished results soon. Newcomers to Piktochart can check out a couple of videos I’ve found as a great introduction.
My Year 10s are currently developing websites about Digital Footprint using WordPress as part of their BTEC IT and have been researching different ways to present information. They use twitter for home learning activities and also AFL as i have blogged about before, but they came up with some great examples of infographics along the way. Here are just some of them:
They are currently using the resources on My Web My Way from the BBC to create infographics about web accessibility. Hopefully prove to a colleague of mine that infographics are not “glorified posters”
In the Year 10 project they have chosen between Piktochart and Infogr.am. Whilst Piktochart is a great tool, one issue raised by my students is this inablity/unclear aspect of adding their own graphics to their infographics. Infogr.am has this feature. One downside for some schools would be that to log in to Infogr.am a Facebook or Twitter account is needed and the end result is not an image file but an embeddable image
I will publish some of the examples after half term to compare the results.
Last January I was introduced to infographics while attending the Learning Without Frontiers conference in London. Among many highlights including Evan Roth was the session delivered by David McCandless the author of Information is Beautiful, I have since bought his wonderful book but I was astonished about how data can be be visualised and have taken a keen interest ever since. One of the many great visualisations from Information is Beautiful is the Left v Right infographic
With another one being the demographics of social media users
I was going to include the great visualisation about what is censored in China but was ironically blocked by my managed service
There are a number of great websites for Infographics as well as Information is Beautiful such as:
Of course there is a also great way of representing data via video using the Debtis UK video which is a given for me in demonstrating the power of infographics and visualisations.
I want my students to be not just consumers but creators in ICT / computing / digital studies.
I have set my year 10 homework this week to find ANY infographic they can which does not have to be related to ICT. They have / will tweet a link to it and explain it to the rest of the class on Monday. The main aim is that students are creating a WordPress site about digital footprint and I want them to gather data from their peers and beyond. This is then going to be represented individually as an infographic which will be embedded on their site.
Last week with my year 13s we used this infographic about download speeds as students have to.
In order to achieve distinction criteria students are required to
Evaluate the impact of evolving output mediums on the design and creation of graphic images
After initial discussion they then compared and contrasted a mobile site and a full site in order to look at design and content. Using Hyerle’s Double Bubble map first individually and then as a group we came up with the following.
Then individually students where then required to discuss the impact of different output mediums when designing graphics for the web.
My year 8: are embarking on their Kodu project. I have already developed this course for #ictcurric using the great resources produced by Nikki Maddams. For homework students were required to define online identity theft in 140 characters exactly. We then discussed the wide range of answers before looking at this infographic.
Students then came up with their own examples from the tv series Friends and Family Guy where identity theft has been covered.
So far they have been a great way to engage with learners and great for giving them the opportunity to understand data presented in a more user friendly way.
Now this is where I had come to a brick wall in the class. I have been looking for my Year 7 and 10s to be able to create their own infographics. There are a number of websites around who offer the tools to create your own. One recommended by many is http://visual.ly/ which allows you to create an infographic from your data linked to various things such as your Twitter and Facebook Account. For example I created the following for my twitter account
This isn’t something or anywhere near what I was looking for especially for my Year 7s.
Rather than looking for online tools I have been looking for the most efficient and dare I say it easiest way for students to create their own infographics. One idea was for students to model either using their own or exiting data in Excel (or anything similar) and then grab this image and use Photoshop / Fireworks do generate the whole image. Of course students are required at Key Stage 3 to combine tools and techniques for Level 4 and onwards but some of my classes in Year 7 are low ability and this would create more problems than solutions and I’m looking not just for a great visualisation but a short and snappy project.
This tutorial uses Adobe Illustrator to create an infographic. The step by step instructions are very easy to follow and my “test” bed of students who come into my room at lunchtime after created some good solid infographics.
We are lucky in school to have the CS3 suite which Illustrator is part of. The next project for my Year 7s and 10s is to create infograhics using Illustrator so i look forward to seeing how things progress.
In a nutshell I have to say the Infographics are a FAD idea in my classroom – “Flippin’ Amazing Development!!” and i am really looking forward to seeing how this project develops and sharing some of the infographics my students create