Often when students are in the process of exploring a topic, there comes a point in time where they have discovered some interesting things, and would like to share this with classmates, or others. An infographic is the perfect way for them to do this. They can be creative, and present what is most interesting to them in a way that fits their own schema about it. This allows the viewers to learn a little bit more about what they are researching, but in short bites so that we don't necessarily have to read their research paper. Even better, it allows us a little insight into how they see it as well - an infographic is a great visual way to bring out what we would call "voice" in writing.
How do I use this in the classroom?
This year, I've been teaching 7th grade students how to organize web pages. They use the sites as a repository for their favorite things. Students are using their own interests as a basis for learning about many new tools this year, and one of those has been infographics using Easelly. After a certain amount of inquiry and research, they created infographics about one aspect of their research that they personally found particularly interesting, and posted these on their web sites. Here are some examples of their creations:
Beaches by Anisa
Mythological creatures by Shelby
Legos by Kyleigh