Week 5: Infographic ReRun

Progress Check for Week 4

  • 3 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • Remember as a part of your GET certification it is important to start trying to incorporate ways you are planning trainings for your colleagues and using GSuite tools in your daily work
  • 3 comment completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • You are encouraged to comment more, but only log one per week. Try to keep them timely, not necessarily get them all done the first week.
  • Hopefully well into working on your final project for this course.

Heading into the final weeks

I’ve been at the AISA conference in Nairobi since last Thursday and digging all the connections, learning and fantastic weather. But, between running a 2 day Blended Learning meeting, morning conference sessions and wrangling my kids who accompanied us because my wife and I were both presenting, I’ve lost a grip on what day it is and slipped a bit behind. So your regularly scheduled program has been delayed. But, for your reading pleasure, we’re providing you with this post from the past.

But before that, I will add a couple of little thoughts. If you haven’t tried sketchnoting, its fantastic. Check out those a couple of those articles and maybe even the Sketchnote Army site. I’ve done it for years without realizing it, but had a workshop at school a few weeks ago from a colleague and it really opened my eyes to its power for students and learning.

So without further ado, here’s a little rerun from my own coetail days.

Course 3 Week 4

Infographics.  Why don’t I remember to use them more in my classes?  When I’ve used them in the past, students have absolutely loved them.  I’ve even taken a shot or two at having students create their own.  From that experience I learned that it takes a good bit of explaining and patience.  I might get around to that again.  We’ll see.

How logistics helped gain America's freedomOne of my favorites that I have used in the past is from a logistics company.  It is a pretty fascinating look at the way goods had to be moved across oceans and the creation of supply lines during the American Revolution.  It has a bunch of big numbers and interesting trivia about the Revolution.  The information includes ideas that we don’t usually talk about in the classroom version of the American Revolution which is probably exactly why students find it so interesting.

We’re talking about revolutions in class right now and I hope to pull a few others into the mix.  However, I’ve found it difficult to find infographics from their original sources.  A quick search on Google uncovers a plethora of infographics on revolutions of every kind, but trying to get to their source can be tricky.  To me this seems an important part of using them in the classroom.  If I’m just pulling random infographics from the internet, how do I know the information is correct?

This is actually one of the things I like most about the infographic above.  It has fascinating information, and also allows us to talk about the purpose of the infographic.  Most students will go with the old literature class answer of to educate and inform.  Eventually someone will notice that it is an advertisement with a slightly different purpose and another great conversation begins.  Exactly what we want.


Image Credit:

Derby Supply Chain Solutions:  http://www.derbyllc.com/how-logistics-helped-gain-americas-freedom/#.VhwdRhPtmko



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