Eye on Infographics

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Eye on

created by Mary Ann Stahr, Ph.D.

NEOtech Conference 2016 Kent State University

According to Wikipedia, Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.



The 4 C's of Education can be addressed through Infographics.

Rationale to use infographics

Or what do you say when someone asks you why the students are drawing or how do I work this into my OTES?


High stakes testing questions include infographics.

Infographics allows for differentiation

Government websites are opening data to public usually packaged in an infographic.

The use of images makes it up to six times easier to recall information than text alone.

A problem in graphic form, gives your brain a new way to analyze and interpret the data.

To be educated consumers and citizens, students need the skills to analyze an infographic.


In education we always seem to come full circle, but now we’ve really done it!

If we want our students to create, they must first understand the process!

4 Steps to Media/Visual Literacy

Summers, Sue Lockwood. Get Them Thinking!: Use Media Literacy to Prepare Students for State Assessments. Worthington, OH: Linworth Pub., 2005. Print.

So what do I do????


Daily Infographic



Students share Infographics


Look for Infographics in text books.


Create an Infographic!


Daily Infographic

Similar to Daily Oral Language, start each class with a displayed infographic pertinent to topic at hand.

What is your first reaction to the infographic? After 10 seconds, what do you know about the topic? What are some facts you learned from this visual? Is there something missing? How could you add to it? How could you improve the design? What is the purpose of the visual? Inform, persuade or change your behavior?

Image: "The Blue and Gold." The Blue and Gold. Web. 09 Mar. 2016.


Students share Infographics

   Give students a topic to find an infographic to share with other members of the class. Depending on your goal, you may have guidelines on the topic. Students can post electronically (Google Docs, Edmodo, etc.). Assign students to analyze 1 – 5 of the graphics posted by their classmates.


Look for Infographics in text books.

Have students look at their texts. Point out images that are infographics. Ask students to name some characteristics of infographics such as facts or data, art and insight into the data. Ask students to name some examples of types of infographics such as graphs, charts, timelines, flowcharts, maps, and diagram. Point out that not every graphic is an infographic. Ask students if they prefer an infographic or text to receive information. Survey the class for preference in submitting research results: paper or infographic.

"Our Virginia, Our Challenge (Cont’d) | Encyclopedia Virginia, The Blog." Encyclopedia Virginia The Blog. Web. 09 Mar. 2016


Students create an infographic!

Identify your goal

Image: "Guide to Different Kinds of Essay." - Gallaudet University. Web. 09 Mar. 2016.

Identify your audience

Who is the general audience I want to reach? Just my instructor? My peers? Parents? Who is most likely to be interested in the research I am doing? If the audience I am writing for is not particularly interested in my topic, what should I do grab interest?

Image: "Find Your Audience: How to Identify a Niche Audience to Serve." KeywordsBloggercom. Web. 09 Mar. 2016.

After goal is identified, what type of infographic works best?

Name that infographic!

Flowchart Timeline Compare/contrast Process Statistical Photo infographic

Display various types of infographics and have students identify what type they are and what could be used for.

What is your central idea?

Thesis statement

Image: "Melisbasaranerkalay." Melisbasaranerkalay. Web. 09 Mar. 2016.

Be relevant!


Tell something NEW!




Divide content into 5-10 BLOCKS

An average reader will spend a maximum of 3 minutes reading it!

Research Well Persuasive header Eye-catching design Cite!!