We all agree that graphics help our understanding on certain information dramatically. Information graphics (Infographics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information easily and clearly. Infographics are positioned between text reports and images such as photographs and illustrations. They have the contents of the text reports and visual messages of images.
Infographics can be classified into six categories.
Instruction manuals of the electrical appliances, maps, encyclopedias, infographics are everywhere in our daily life. How about in our classrooms? How can we use them in our teaching?
Below is a 2005 Eco-Drive poster by Japan Automobile Federation.
This infographic poster shows us the annual carbon dioxide emissions of the car. In my Japanese language class, students read an article on environmental destruction and discuss the issue. After the class discussion, students research the issue and give a presentation on their findings. Usually students give Power Point presentations.
I can suggest them to create an inforgaphic poster like above. Not because it is new and something different but to create an infographic, students need to consider the importance of communication. The infographic is a communication tool, not just reports information or data, which present information easily and clearly to a wide and varied audience. For this students need to consider the concept and data, and also they need to make it attractive, clear, simple, flow, and wordless. As like the verbal communication, the infographic need to design from the viewpoint of the audience.