...if the purpose of academic grading is to communicate accurate and specific information about learning, letter, or points-based grades, are a woefully blunt and inadequate instrument. Worse, points-based grading undermines learning and creativity, rewards cheating, damages students' peer relationships and trust in their teachers, encourages students to avoid challenging work, and teaches students to value grades over knowledge. (Read More)In that context, that is why the act of creating infographics can be stressful and frustrating--nothing you create will be good enough to meet the standards of your inner critic. That inner art critic may be saying any of the following to you:
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="320"] #edcampsa - Participants identifying session topics[/caption]When creating an infographic, voice and choice may manifest as you having a say about what information you are sharing, finding a way that uniquely expresses who you are and intersects with the content. As an infographic creator, do not forget to ask yourself, "What could I create that would make this more helpful to viewers?" To do that, I ask myself, "In each of my respective roles as a teacher, administrator, parent, how could I make an infographic that answers my questions and meets my needs? Once you have overcome your fear, consider using a site like Daily Infographic as inspiration...not for examples that you may never be able to replicate ("Be silent, inner critic! Silent!"), but for examples of design elements you can incorporate into your own creations.
Did You Know? TCEA Lunch and Learn webinars are FREE for TCEA Members and membership is only $49 a year! Wow! And, you get access to LOTS of resources that might take you days to find via your favorite professional learning network! And, reflecting on building your PLN, have you considered adding these accounts to those you follow on Twitter? @preimers, @diben, @drbruceellis, @mguhlin and, of course, @TCEA ?PiktoChart--which Laura Howard said World Geography students in her district also employ--and Infog.ram for use with students and staff. Smore was another easy tool Casey recommended, saying, "We use Smore as our Instructional Technology newsletter for our staff! On Smore, multiple users can collaborate... they just have to be signed in using the same account." Others suggested Canva iPad app, and especially their infographics site. And, finally, for overcoming your inner critic when it comes to infographics, Alison Berquette suggested beginning with Thinglink to start. Combining PiktoChart (used to create the infographic) and Thinglink (add interactivity for web posts) can extend the reach and usability of your new creation! Average Temperature of Six Major Deserts. Created with Infog.ram