The world of education has been blessed with a plethora of research around how we learn. We learn best when we are active participants with a meaningful and relevant role in learning that engages in multiple modalities. Infographics combined with deep discussion and reflection presents itself as a powerful tool for capturing metacognitive processes.
Put the learning in the hands of the learner. Classroom’s today are embedded with processes that help manage the classroom. A process is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. Think about your classroom processes. You might have processes for sharpening pencils, charging digital devices, or submitting work. These processes, or procedures save you time and headaches, but more importantly set clear expectations for students. It has been my experience that when students are involved in the process of developing these procedures there is greater buy-in and accountability. Ask students what procedures they think need to be in place to create a positive learning environment, then work in teams to capture those procedures using infographics that can be shared in print or digitally.
One benefit of capturing procedures digitally is that they can easily be revised as needed. Printed procedural infographics can be placed appropriately in the classroom and utilized as a tool for learning. For example, an infographic displaying the writing process (unpacking exemplars/non-exemplars, prewriting, drafting, revision, more drafting, editing, and publishing) can be utilized to track and monitor where students are at in the process. Asking students to place sticky notes with their names next to the step they are working on in the writing process can be a useful tool for differentiation and planning purposes. Moving a sticky note is a good time for a visual celebration as well.
Although the suggestions below have been developmentally broken down by grade spans, with the increasing complexity of text and concepts over time, all suggestions may be applied to any grade level. What changes? The amount of scaffolding and guidance needed to facilitate learning will change, but all students can engage in deeper learning with the right amount of support depending on individual student needs. Infographics as a tool is simple to use visual tool that engages students in the learning modality with the greatest impact no matter the developmental level of the student.
PK - 2
Co-create then gradually release as students move towards independence.
- Classroom procedure flow maps
- What do I do when I’m done
- What do I do when I’m stuck
- Character traits
- Summarizing a story, book, or article
- Book advertisement
- All about me
3 - 5
Put learning in the hands of students as often as possible. Model strategies with infographics, but move towards student-driven and developed infographics.
- Math processes such as solving equations, mental math strategies, etc.
- Visual spelling list
- Story maps
- Summarizing, comparing, and presenting informational articles
- Reflection on project-based learning experience
- Capturing what worked and didn’t work
- Demonstrating the scientific method for a specific experiment
- Show specific examples for solving an equation or analyzing text to post as exemplars in the classroom Note: Use these as templates for continued use
Middle School/High School
Although this group has moved to greater independence, text complexity and math concepts are more complex. There is a need to capture processes with or without teacher assistance depending on the needs of the students. Model strategies with infographics, but move towards student-driven and developed infographics that capture learning processes. Use infographics as a tool for reflection as well as demonstration of learning. Facilitate voice and choice in how learning is demonstrated and include infographics as a menu option for products.
- Inform the public on a topic or issue
- Promote an exhibition of learning
- Student blog visuals
- 8th grade or senior project reflection on the learning journey
- Take a stand
- Breakdown complex processes often captured in flow maps
- Include as part of a presentation for a project
- Build on the ideas of others - Collaborative Infographics
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