Infographics are a creative, visual way of presenting complex data. They are a different way of finding and experiencing information. Infographics “makes information presentable and digestible” (visual.ly, 2014). “A good infographic is worth a thousand words” (Oxford Dictionaries, 2014).
I found creating an infographic fun and creative. I chose to use a website called Ease.ly. It was user friendly and offered a good selection of free themed templates appropriate for a beginner.
The infographic topic was the digital divide. With the many complex issues pertaining to the subject and the enormous amount of information available, I found the most challenging part of creating my infographic was choosing information to highlight as a focus. Creativity and design is unlimited. The diversity of the topic is represented by the diverse infographics other students posted. I liked Leanne Haley’s infographic because it was a simple presentation that made a quick impact.
I see merit in children creating infographics as a learning tool. They are creative, experimental and are a purposeful activity to help develop children’s digital fluency. With teacher guidance creating an infographic would be an engaging learning activity for children working together in small groups creating visual essays.