Infographics are a very powerful tool for learning. While we do have learning preferences – Visual, Auditory, Read/Write or Kinesthetic – our dominant sense is visual. Further we process images faster, some estimate 60,000x faster than text. Infographics when they are well designed effectively carry a message to us and our students that is easy to interpret and more engaging than a body of text or a table of figures.
Here is an infographic on Data that I stumbled across recently. This will be useful in my IT classes but it also frames the amazing growth in data and devices to use and access this. The graphic is (of course) out of date – anything published is immediately out of date. For example the statistics on you tube are inaccurate. Here is the latest update on youtube uploads – http://technewscast.com/technology/tech-buzz/youtube-two-days’-worth-of-video-uploaded-every-minute/
I plan to use both of these graphics with my ITGS class. The inaccuracies in the data infographic will be useful and illustrate the changes that have occurred, but the message behind it is still valid and very useful. Having the students consider the data and then challenge it is a critical element of not only digital citizenship, but also higher order thinking – Analysis and evaluation