Phew! After trolling twitter and the web for resources to use to create infographics, I stumbled upon a neat one called Creately. Because the space was limited, I ditched my first elaborate idea of comparing four different kinds of governments using a map of the world then a section for each. Sometimes, with kids and infographics, less is more. I decided on a lighthearted preview of each government, which will be expounded upon as we dive into our comparative government unit. This infographic is intended to get minds rolling with questions about the similarities and differences of governments, what role citizens play in those governments, and what rights (if any) citizens have under those regimes. This infographic will act as a springboard, activating the students’ schemata about government.
The power of graphics is undeniable. In Brain Rules by John Medina, he argues that vision trumps all other senses. He demonstrates that recognition and recall soar when facts are associated with images. In fact, his data concludes that people are able to recall images 90% of the time three days later, and 63% after a year. With all the technology at our fingertips, it’s in our best interest as teachers to use visualization to the fullest. This is what makes the infographic such a powerful tool in the classroom. Combine the information with a lasting visual and instantly you’ll have something kids will be able to recall down the line.