The February, 2012 edition of Learning and Leading with Technology (ISTE) features infographics–“handcrafted to bundle related data sets into a unified, visually compelling representation… the juxtaposition of those sets of information relates to a more complex story.”
We had a session on this topic last week where teachers explored the possibilities, using tools such as Acorn (our graphics editing software) to do start simple.
- Floating Sheet Studios – examples
- Flowing Data – examples for class discussions on current events
- Information Aesthetics – examples (really, really well-done ones)
- Information is Beautiful – simple examples
- Science Pipes – online visualization tool with biodiversity data
As I mentioned in class – it’s not important that you even start this process with technology! Instead, use paper, use markers! The learning isn’t in the final polish of the graphs and graphics, it’s in the higher-order decision making required to think about what data should appear and how persuasive it is at communicating your point.