Thing 24: Infographics

This was an such an amazing…fun…and interesting module to explore! I have found so many useful resources that I pinned several to my Pinterest account. I am enjoying Pinterest and the ease of adding to the boards. The TED videos are always  so insightful!  I new the power a photograph, diagram, or any visual presentation holds. However, I was unaware of the the depth in which the data meant until viewing David McCandless: The Beauty of Data Visualization.  His presentation also opened my eyes to read the data carefully and to interpret the material more closely. Interesting on how to detect flaws in the data when compiling information.

After reading the articles, I thought of several topics that I enjoyed teaching and how I can improve the material by making it visually pleasing and memorable.  Since I will be a split librarian this September (k-2nd building and a 3rd-5th building), I decided to tackle a social media infographic poster.  I have yet to teach a lesson on such a topic, but it will be part of my curriculum for the coming year. I decided to use Piktochart and absolutely love it!  So easy to create, import clip art/photos, and add text!  The free account offered plenty!  I am still playing around with it, but I couldn’t figure out how to omit the white square around my pictures.  When I added a color background the space around my imported pictures had a white space or block around it.  I tried to use a different program to save my images in order to delete/remove the space, bu was unable to do it. So, I went with a basic white background and added some color with lines, text boxes, etc. Below is my poster….I did try to pin my poster to my Pinterest board and it wouldn’t let me do it….maybe you can offer me a tip on how to do so 🙂

https://magic.piktochart.com/embed/7232104-untitled-infographic
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4 thoughts on “Thing 24: Infographics

  1. I did infographics this week, too, and also loved it! I think that using infographics I create would be my first step–I’m still trying to wrap my head around how to use them with students.

    I love your Twitter infographic–your color coding worked really well. Your layout was nice and clean, and that made it easy to grasp the content. I think that if you want to insert your own imported images, you need to make sure they are in .png format, which has a transparent background, rather than .jpg, which has the white background.

    Good luck, and happy creating!

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    • Thank you! I couldn’t remember what I needed to look for when importing images. It was fun to make and really easy! The consuming part was looking for content geared toward elementary aged students. Thanks again for the help! 🙂

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  2. Terrific! Nice infographic. I pinned it for you here:

    What I did was use the windows Snipping Tool to make an image of part of your infographic. I saved that to my desktop and uploaded it to Pinterest. Then edited the pin and linked it back to your infographic. Sounds like a lot of steps, but once you’ve done it a few times, it only takes 2 minutes.

    I do this often when I find a page where the graphics are either too small or too large and Pinterest can’t handle them.

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    • Thank you, Polly! I use the Snip it Tool all the time….I noticed that my Infographic was large….thanks for the tips on editing and posting….it really was a great module!

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