I Just Read It For The Pictures!

A Guide To Infographics

You have seen them. Pictures that spout information in a visual manner. USA Today was one of the first to really bring them to the forefront. Infographics. But what are they…really? The website Visually defines them as:

An easy-to-read illustration that helps tell a story and makes data points easier to understand. And it doesn’t hurt when infographics are not only clear and straightforward but also beautiful and engaging. The aesthetic design draws the viewer in; the information helps the viewer analyze and understand the data being presented.

In other words, Infographics are a popular way to compress informational items into an easy-to-understand format. Infographics are often used to represent data, which might otherwise be hard for readers to grasp or remember. As shown by the illustration below, infographics are not a 21st century invention.

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EMS is very familiar with infographics as illustrated by the graphic from the American Stroke Association.

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According to Mark Smiciklas, author of the book The Power of Infographics: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect with Your Audiences, “one of the primary reasons infographics work well as a communication tool can be linked to eyesight and the neurological connection of our eyes and brain.” He also asserts that our vision accounts for up to half of the function of the brain. As we are built to utilize information more effectively when presented in a visual form, infographics may be a better way to process material than text alone.

Tools To Develop Awesome Infographics for the Classroom

Visually
Visually is a one stop shop that allows the educator to design, create and launch effective infographics.

Vector_Tut
Vector Tuts+ is an excellent resource of tutorials, blogs and examples of HOW to create educational infographics.

infogram
Infogram has over thirty templates to guide you through the process.

pikto
Piktochart gives you the tools you need to produce infograms in three easy steps.

There you have it. The guide to infograms! What will your thousand word picture say?

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