Infographics in teaching

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.

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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.

Annual carbon dioxide emissions of the car

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.

Reference -Infographics for Students   – Visual.ly    – Good.is>Infographics   – Daily Infographic   – Visualizing.org   - infographics 4REAL   – Photoshop VIP

4 thoughts on “Infographics in teaching

  1. Thanks for your post Hiromi,
    I found your definition and classifications especially helpful. I agree with you that infographics are a great way to test for understanding as they require a very high level of understanding and require a variety of communication skills. I am going to try to use more visual communication in my classroom even if it’s not digital.

  2. Thanks for the video and 6 categories of pictures.

    As a JP teacher, I would like to ask you…..
    1) read your example above, thanks for sharing your idea; what kind of other graph organizations you use, except this idea? I would love to see your students PPT as well (^_^)
    2) Kanji is also pictograph. I am looking for good kanji-pictograph sites. Do you know any? (^_^)
    3) any other good ideas???

    ありがとうございます/Thanks (^_^)

  3. I love the idea of the infographic as a communication tool. I wonder how it may be used differently in language classes where the content is the vocabulary and grammar, vs a subject class, where the content is not the language. Does this make your use of infographics different?

  4. Great Content! You are absolutely right when you say that the info graphic needs to be designed from the viewpoint of the audience. It has to have what they need to know and in the most attractive manner possible!
    I am a P.E teacher and I often use posters for different games.

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