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Innovative Infographic Creation, Using Data to Tell a Story

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Monday, November 30, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Infographics: A Visual Hook for Readers and Writers

Steven Anderson  
Shaelynn Farnsworth  

The research is clear: Our brains crave visual information and infographics are perfect to accomplish this. Learn how to tell a story with data and make complicated information more digestible. Explore the components of infographics: structure, data sources, design and copyright laws to create innovative infographics in the classroom.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A Google Account to access and make a copy of the companion book for the session. Most of the resources, tools and apps are in the cloud, iPad users may have to install apps. There will be a variety of platforms to create infographics for participants to choose from.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Not applicable
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • 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

Understand the brain research as aligned to visual communication and infographics.

Examine the elements of a "good" infographic.

Deconstruct and analyze the components of Infographic design.

Explore platforms, tools, and resources in the areas of design, color, structure, data, copyright, and usage.

Apply learning to create infographic during the session.


Welcome Activity (5 mins)

What Makes a Good Infographic, Dos & Don’ts (5 mins, Peer-to-Peer Interaction)

What Does The Research Say About Visual Information and why the brain craves Infographics (5 mins, Peer-to-Peer Interaction)

Deconstruct, Analyze, and Explore Resources and Tools in Each Infographic Components: Data Sources, Images, Colors, Structure, Platforms, Assessment, and Feedback (15 mins, Lecture/Peer-to-Peer Interaction)

Apply Learning and Create Infographic (15 mins, Peer-to-Peer Interaction)

Wrap Up (5 mins)

Supporting research


Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis, Multiliteracies, 2005. Routledge.

Bernajean Porter, "Raising the Bar for Student Performance and Assessment", Learning and Leading with Technology. 2003.

Google Ngram Viewer.

Google Trends.

Zacks, J., Levy, E., Tversky, B., Schinao, D. (2002). Graphs in Print, Diagrammatic Representation and Reasoning, London: Springer-Verlag.

Merieb, E. N. & Hoehn, K. (2007). Human Anatomy & Physiology 7th Edition, Pearson International Edition.

Semetko, H. & Scammell, M. (2012). The SAGE Handbook of Political Communication, SAGE Publications.

Thorpe, S., Fize, D. & Marlot, C. (1996). Speed of processing in the human visual system, Nature, Vol 381.

Holcomb, P. & Grainger, J. (2006). "On the Time Course of Visual Word Recognition", Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Vol 18.

Levie, W. J. & Lentz, R. (1982). "Effects of text illustrations: A review of research", Educational Communication and Technology.

McCabe, D. & Castel, A. (2008). "Seeing is believing: The effect of brain images on judgments of scientific reasoning," Cognition 107.

Lester, P. M. (2006). Syntactic Theory of Visual Communication.

Bleicher, Steven (2012). Contemporary Colour: Theory & Use. New York: Delmar. pp. 48, 50. ISBN 978-1-1335-7997-7.

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Steven Anderson, Web20Classroom
Shaelynn Farnsworth, News Literacy Project

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