Toolbox: using infographics

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Hi everybody!

Today I’m sharing a teaching-learning project I have been developing with my students during the past weeks. We were involved in getting acquainted with the nuts and bolts of CLIL, and I designed an assignment which was based on the use of infographics. Students had to prepare an infographic related to bilingual education and CLIL, and explain it in an oral presentation in front of their classmates.

I used infographics because I wanted my students to resort to visuals when explaining. More often than not, they do not provide any type of scaffolding when they are giving information in class. Taking into account that they will become bilingual primary teachers in the future, I consider that using visuals effectively is essential to ensure better learning.

To create their infographic they were suggested  the following free software:

http://www.easel.ly/

http://piktochart.com/

http://infogr.am/

http://creately.com/

As a reference to create their own infographics, I recommended visiting this website: http://www.coolinfographics.com/  Also, I provided them with an article dealing with Visual Stories through Infographics: http://blog.lewispr.com/2011/03/infographics.html

I guess that the use of infographics may be interesting for any subject, but probably more for those of you working on Social Sciences. It may be used to make students gather, organise and present information of any kind. Also, introducing this resource will force students use their High Order Thinking Skills (creativity involved here!).

Finally, I’d like to gather more information as to write an article on this experience. I’m curious about students’ reactions to this project, and their perceptions on the content and language learning gains it has granted.

Have you ever used infographics? Do you find this proposal interesting? I’d love to hear from you.

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One thought on “Toolbox: using infographics

    Ana said:
    April 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing new ideas about methodology. I completely agree about the importance of using visuals when dealing with science or other subjects learnt in English. However, it is advisable to remember that the publishers provide with a lot of visuals for each topic and a lot of videos can be found in many web pages. Furthermore, students are asked to create their own materials through different hands on activities. These are an excellent resource to be used and it saves a lot of time to teachers.

    Yours sincerely,
    Ana Jiménez

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