The create aspect of the day was about creating to share using infographics. Infographics are a visual and fun way to present statistics. It goes without saying that people respond better to visuals than a lengthy piece of writing. The average human attention span is only 8 seconds, and our brains process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. This makes me question who wouldn't want to use infographics to show data!
Having a go
I created an infographic to display the data from my professional blog. There were so many infographic creator sites online, but I chose to use Canva. Instead of using a template I decided to create mine from scratch as I had an idea of how I wanted to lay out my infographic. There were lots of icons, images, charts and shapes to choose from, but the only thing that bothered me was that the charts were not editable, I had wanted to use a Pie Graph to display the countries of my visitors, however I discovered it was a set image that could not be edited. I had heard that Piktochart allows you to edit your charts, which I will keep in mind for the future.
Why use it in the classroom?
- Fun way to display information which would normally be in the form of lengthy sentences.
- Infographics grabs readers attention through its use of images and colour and short pieces of writing.
- You don't have to be an artist or very creative to feel successful in your creation.
- You can choose from a wide variety of templates to get you going and get some inspiration.