Infographics are all over Pinterest. If you like coffee, an infographic will teach you more than a documentary. They make all information appealing. Let’s say you want to present some fun facts about Halloween. You can simply write them on the whiteboard, or you can do something better: present an infographic.
It’s easy to find infographics on any topic with a simple Google search. Do you know what would make you an even cooler teacher? Your own infographics! You have your facts; all you need to do is present them in the coolest way possible. The good news is that infographics are easy to create. We’ll tell you how.
Step 1: Choose Your Topic
If you take a look at the best infographics, you’ll notice they have a narrow theme. You can’t just make an infographic called History of Time. Well, you could… but that would be a huge infographic. Think of it this way: the theme of an infographic can be similar to a theme for a research paper.
If, for example, you want to craft an infographic with a theme from history, you can present the changes of U.S. military uniforms, the architecture of Ancient Greece, the development of submarines, or even the history of social media. Think of something related to the curriculum, but make the topic as narrow and as fun as possible, try to grab the students' attention from the very beginning!
Step 2: Make a Plan
Before you start crafting the infographic, you’ll need to collect the information you’re going to include. Here are few things to keep in mind during this stage:
- An infographic should not be suffocated with content. Provide brief facts, which you’ll then explain during the presentation. The infographic should be visual, not textual. Check out some science infographics to see how the most complex topics can be presented through brief facts.
- An infographic is the perfect format for statistics. This data, which seems boring in plain text, is much more appealing through a visual presentation.
- Make a detailed content outline. It should be information-heavy and not overly explanatory.
Step 3: Making the Infographic
Relax. It’s easier than you think. You won’t have to craft an infographic from scratch. There are no advanced graphic design tools involved. You can easily make a cool design with the right tool at hand. Here are few tools for you to consider:
You can download 15 free infographic templates, which you can adjust in countless designs. You will have a foundation for the infographic, so you’ll only need to add information to get a complete design in PowerPoint in less than an hour. If you’re a complete beginner, these are the right templates for you.
This is an extremely simple tool to use, but the infographics come out beautifully. You get hundreds of free fonts and design elements. When compared to an infographic designed with one of the Hubspot templates, the design you get with this tool will be much more unique. You can build the design upon a template in canva, too, but you’ll have greater flexibility to adjust it with photos, stock images, and graphics.
When you present statistics or any numerical information in an infographic, a chart will be a nice addition. Google Charts is the simplest and most powerful tool to use for that purpose. You can choose from different designs and customize them with your own information. You can adjust the color combinations to match the design of your infographic.
This is another easy-to-use tool that will help you turn boring data into an intriguing visual design. The customizable editor lets you insert graphics and images. You can play with the fonts and color pattern to get a completely unique, professionally-looking design. The only downside is that you get only basic themes with the free version. The Individual PRO account gives you access to 600+ templates, and it costs only $39.99 per year.
Step 4: Distribution
Now that you have your infographic, you need to distribute it in some way. The best idea is to present it in class. You can use a projector for that. If each student has a tablet or smartphone, you can send the infographic via email or publish it, so they can access it.
Do you have a blog? You should! A class blog is a great idea, since it lets you share all kinds of information with your students. You’ll remind them about tests, you’ll feature their best essays, but you’ll also publish your infographics. You can pin those infographics to Pinterest, so other educators can use them, too.
Finally, don’t forget to inspire your students to create their own infographics. The tools listed above make these projects really fun and easy. You can assign a theme for a team project, and publish the infographics your students create.
The main point is: have fun with it!