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Infographics: A Visual Hook for Readers and Writers

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Monday, November 30, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Innovative Infographic Creation, Using Data to Tell a Story

Michele Dick  
Much of the content we engage with in daily life is image-based. What skills do we need as readers and writers to engage with infographics? Explore the benefits of using infographics in the classroom as a teaching tool and as a way for students to demonstrate understanding.

Audience: Teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: We will be accessing a website for a back channel chat.
We will also be working with a variety of Google tools that having a google account and a device that can easily navigate Google Drawings and AutoDraw would be beneficial.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Often, looking at images or reading a graph are considered an easier task than reading a complex text. In reality, reading images, graphs, or videos require very high level thinking. In addition, it requires a lot of effort when creating infographics as well.

This session will look at how teachers can design experiences where students can learn how to creatively communicate complex ideas through digital resources, as well as help students understand how to effectively read digital media. We will explore infographics as readers, identify features of infographics from mentor texts, and look at digital tools that can help in the creation of infographics.

Participants will engage with a back channel chat, curate mentor texts, pair share with a partner about features of an infographic, and explore a variety of digital tools.


Introduction to infographics, history and purpose (2 minutes)
Reading strategies employed when reading an infographic - chat input with discussion (5 minutes) -
Skills an author would need to create an infographic chat input with discussion (5 minutes)
Exploring mentor texts and the importance of reading before writing engaging in a crowd sourced resource for mentor texts. In addition, we will identify features of infographics that make them unique and/or need to be explicitly taught. (7 minutes)
Share and Reflect (3 minutes)

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Michele Dick, Evergreen Public Schools

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