Infographics are one of my favorite ways to get students to organize material. In the past, when students create presentations, they tend to go over the limit. They cut and paste, they don’t summarize, they don’t pull out the important details.
However, with infographics, they are forced to read, to summarize, the analyze information. Last year, my fellow librarians and I had students creating infographics over historical events surrounding the time frame of To Kill a Mockingbird. At first, students deleted the portions where they were to add images and replaced it with text. We had to teach, reteach, and reteach again about allowing images to speak in the place of text and about using trigger words. The students learned a lot more than just content. They learned important and essential skills.
I have highlighted some of my favorite infographic tools as well as some that function as presentation tools too in this presentation. You can read up more on infographic and presentation tools on fennovation.org.