Teaching with Infographics

Posted on May 6, 2013 by Melissa Jones Latest activity: Feb 7, 2014

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What do you think about infographics? Are they a valid form of art or a flash-in-the-pan trend?

How might you use infographics in your teaching practice to help students develop their visual literacy skills? Share your ideas and thoughts below.

This discussion post is part of the Adobe Education ExchangeProfessional DevelopmentWorkshop,Teach Visual Literacy: Creating Infographics

Comments (25)

Ahmed Ali Moselhi

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 8:48 PM - Permalink

you can tell everything Visually, if we consider the perception you can use the same technique for the 3 channel of the graphic design ( printing, motion and interactive)

David Badgley

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 12:26 PM - Permalink

Extremely helpful and inspirational. All you need to get started and then more.

nattapat moolvai

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 11:19 PM - Permalink

I do techniques. infographics. Knowledge which can be applied to the work I do.


Shelley Ortner

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 3:08 AM - Permalink

I am excited about incorporating infographics into my curriculum. As a visual arts instructor tired of the same old print ads, posters, etc. Infographics allow students to touch so many areas of learning and enable me to cross curriculum while still designing a great-looking visual.

Ana Laura Toledo

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 10:58 PM - Permalink

As I said before. People in general don't read, so this is an excellent material to notice the important information in a poster or book, or presentation. Infographics are useful for everyone.

karen baker

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 4:12 PM - Permalink

I love the use of infographics for more than just a visual learner but they also make the information more engaging and interactive for anyone. I do think it's a form of design. I am not sure that it will fade but just expand on how it's presented. Adobe continues to bring new updates and life to their software so, this gives an open gate for the use of infographics.

I just gave an assignment with infographics for Tourism research project. It's allowing me to bring creativity into an online classroom and to a subject that is theory based.

carolyn brown

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 5:55 AM - Permalink

Creating infographics is a great way to teach students a lot of technique in Illustrator or InDesign.

Kathleen Andrew

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 5:08 AM - Permalink

Infographics appears to be a very useful teaching strategy. I am keen to learn how to use In Design as a tool for using this.

Imelda Hernández

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 3:05 AM - Permalink

Infographics using arouses student interest in the topics that are difficult to understand. The use of images to highlight briefly the most important information of a subject, allows the student to be responsible for their own learning and develop their creativity. A well designed infographics motivates students to find out more about a topic.

Mark `Adamowski

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 2:15 AM - Permalink

I like infographics when I find them in the newspaper but sometimes they can be very misleading (like everything in a newpaper). A Infographic can be a powerful tool that can sway the readers to a certain view even if the data says otherwise. I believe they're here to stay so we need to teach people how to analyse them, construct them and use them.

Most of the schools I've worked in encourage fruit or vegtables for a snack. We have a 'fruito' break while I read a book and the children enjoy their healthy snack. Making a infographic about 'fruito' would be great. On my to do list.

Chad de Kretser

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 7:10 AM - Permalink

I am looking forward to seeing how infographics are used by teachers and students as both realise its potential. It is always interesting to see how this medium produces spin-offs and is further developed.

John Mac Leod

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 11:27 PM - Permalink

Infographics offer visual learners a means to an end; synthesis of a topic in an informative context for continued exploration.

Lidia Alex

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 9:29 PM - Permalink

We never use it enough, but it's without doubt one of the best way for obtaining an holistic and whole view and explanation of a particular subject! It makes things clear and easier to understand, assimilate or compare… My next school year challenge will be use it more and better :-)

Carol Bly

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 6:11 PM - Permalink

:-) I really do want to thank you for all the help you've been to me over the years! Since I taught English for ten years prior to teaching in the computer lab, I walked in with nothing - and had a very tough first year or two. I've been using the Flash WOW animation with kids as a beginning to their Mother's Day Cards for a long time! thank you!

Mike Skocko

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 12:49 AM - Permalink

Carol, stories like that make it all worthwhile. I'm paying a huge karmic debt from the taker I used to be, so in all honesty, you just helped me more that I ever helped you.


Somewhere there's an infographic about all this crying out to be created. :)

Mike Skocko

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 9:12 PM - Permalink

I'm honored, Carol. Thanks!

Go Tigers! (See? Two can play the edu-stalking game. :)

Donald Jennings

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 7:10 PM - Permalink

Infographics are a great way to introduce new information. I wish I had more of them when I was going through school. They provide a jumping off point for a more detailed discussion.

Carol Bly

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 6:33 PM - Permalink

I've been (secretly) following Mike Skocko for years (since 2003) - even when his videos had no audio...and stealing many of his ideas. After reading about Infographics and watching Mike's Typography lessons in Illustrator, I plan on creating a similar project this year. Thank you!!

Dennis Perks

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 8:35 PM - Permalink

Like so many other tools, they are what we make of them. I really enjoy integrating infographics and particularly enjoyed the 8 Stations resource. I also think we really have to remember how fast learning has changed in the last decade and that today's learners are extremely visual. Even if you do not like them, I would bet the students will.

Marquis McClean

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 11:04 PM - Permalink

I agree with Shocko. they are truly a valuable asset. So many of our students are coming to us from the digital age are already wired visually... no programming required...

Mike Skocko

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 12:30 PM - Permalink

+1 Tammy :)

Tammy Moore

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 12:07 PM - Permalink

Before infographics were the hot new trend, I made them for my own learning. I am very visual with my weakest area being auditory learning. In college I would record the lecturer and then play it back when I got back to the dorm and convert it all to graphics. After college, I discovered concept mapping and added that in to the mix too. For strongly visual learners it is invaluable to have graphics. My oldest son is very verbal, he found concept maps confusing, but even being strongly verbal he appreciates the conciseness of an infographic.

Sjaani van den Berg

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 5:39 AM - Permalink

For me they are a flash-in-the-pan trend.

Though at the same time they will definitely have their place in education, perhaps a quick way to get information across to hopefully create an interest in a topic which can then be further researched.

Dileepa Thilan

Posted on May 28, 2013 4:30 PM - Permalink

Infogrphic & Animations are the best things to Teach Everyone

Mike Skocko

Posted on May 7, 2013 11:54 AM - Permalink

From my perspective (as a new media arts teacher), infographics are a wonderfully valid and valuable bridge to cross-curricular lessons. So far, I've just offered the project as an optional choice. Kids have produced artifacts like Super Mario Physics but no pure infographics. But next year... :)