Day 41: Infographic about Me
I became interested them last year on Pinterest and I had last year’s AP Statistics students present their final projects via an infographic using Piktochart.com. After last year’s experience, I decided to do my NWMC session on Infographics. As a result, I did a lot of research into what it takes to incorporate infographics into the classroom. Piktochart.com gives good initial information and the I came upon Derek Bruff’s blogs regarding how he had his college Intro to Statistics class create infographics as their final project. And I believe my presentation was well received!
I am planning to incorporate Josh Wilkerson’s Community Service Learning Project in my AP Statistics class this year. One of the things I hope to have students do for the non-profit organization is create an infographic. In order for my students to be skilled in planning and creating informative, statistically based infographics they need to practice. I thought a mini-project that covers the first AP Theme: Describing Data would be in order and an infographic would be a great vehicle for presenting their results. They will be creating an infographic about themselves: How do you fit in the world of data? Your task is to design an infographic to tell a story about yourself through the use of relevant statistics. Your infographic should present a visual, data based representation of YOU.
So last week, I had students do this in a online discussion post:
Use a Google search to find examples of well-designed infographics.
- Pick one that especially resonates with you and that no one else has posted yet. Save the image.
- Below, post least 2-3 reasons you feel your chosen infographic was effective. (make sure your chosen infographic is unique – that it, it has not already been submitted by someone else)
- Attach it to your post using the file button.
- Finally, look at the other infographics posted. Pick at least one that you like and post an additional, different reason you think it is effective.
I posted an example to get you started, although I would prefer that you look at and comment on your classmates submissions rather than mine
I handed out the project outline. And then, as Derek did, I gave them half of the rubric that covers the statistical requirements, but a blank rubric for the visual communication. Students then looked at the posted infographics in groups, thinking about what makes them visually impactful. Some of their ideas included visual appeal, use of words, use of design elements, organization, use of color.
Over the next two days, they will submit, via a Google form, their ideas for the components of visual communication as well as the descriptors for 4 = excellent, 3 = good, 2 = acceptable, 1 = poor for their component. Then we’ll compile their suggestions and they will have created the second half of the rubric. A great way to get student voice into the evaluation process in a math classroom, right?