Turning Words into Fun Visuals

Have you ever come across something like this?


Via: Voxy Blog

 

Have you ever wished you could do something like this for your students? These are called Infographics, and basically they are used to represent information in a graphical manner. We all know that visuals are appealing, and that they do help in understanding concepts which might be hard to grasp otherwise.

Well this is a link to a site that can help you find tools so that you can make your own infographics. I would suggest some time to experimenting with these prior to your teaching practice. Might come in not only handy and but you can even ask your students to produce their own infographics.

I also use WORDLE very much and students love it. I use it for example when I ask my students to summarise their thoughts on a particular topic/concept in a number of words. All they need is to copy and paste them into the online WORDLE tool and voila’ – some great wordles come out.

This is an example:

Wordle: designinglearningresources

This WORLDE  has been created automatically by inserting the link to our Designing Learning Resources blog. Took me 2 mins to make 🙂 but I find it looks pretty good. No need to sign up or anything. Just paste away your words and let WORDLE do the rest.

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81 thoughts on “Turning Words into Fun Visuals

  1. The term ‘Digital Native’ emerged from the work of Mark Prensky who believes that technology has changed the world around us. As illustrated in the above infographics, it is true that today’s students represent a new generation who have changed the culture of sharing since they spend their lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, emails, digital music players, mobiles, instant messaging, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age. Thus, they can’t conceive of a life without technology.

    Digital immigrants, on the other hand, are those of us who grew up prior to the tech boom but have, at some later point in our lives adopted many or most aspects of the new technology.

    Unfortunately, this has led to a serious problem in education since teachers are struggling to reach to the people in class who grew up on the “twitch speed” of video games and MTV.

    So as teachers we have to invent, but not necessarily from scratch, how to teach the content in the language of the digital natives.

    Infographics is a cool way of transforming our teaching.

    For example instead of producing charts and graphs it would be much more creative for the digital natives to produce an infographic. Here, students can feel a sense of purpose and control over what they’re learning. Although today’s students have all the inherent difference of being digital natives, they are still kids!!

    But are our schools well-equipped in response to these changes?

    The problem is that many of our schools are lacking in technology. Simple things that most schools should have, like up to date computers, science labs and media labs are still missing, so in order to effect change, the focus must not be just on individual change, but also on institutional change.

  2. With regards to infographics used in the classroom, they are an indisputable resource for today’s educator. We are constantly veering away from the traditional blocks of text and are making use of more a more pictures. Infographics could definately be used in our science lessons especially to explain an experiment or to guide a student throughout the experiment. These can be given out in the form of workcards. After all a picture says a thousand words.

    • Naqbel ma’ Andrew meta qal ”a picture says a thousand words”. Huwa veru u huwa fatt li hafna drabi ssir din il-haga fl-edukazjoni. Kull tifel u tifla ghandhom is-sistemi taghhom biex jitaghllmu u hafna drabi l-istampi jighnu hafna specjlament lil dawk it-tfal li nsejhulhom ‘visual learners’. Meta tipprezenta stampa qieghed tiffacilita hafna il-messagg tieghek. Apparti li ha jifhmu aktar malajr, hija xi haga sabiha u li ser tigbed l-ghajn allura t-tfal ser timmotivhom aktar. Barra minn hekk, meta jigu biex jiftakru jew jistudjaw xi jkunu ghamlu fil-klassi, ha jsibuwha aktar facli biex jiftakru fl-istampi jew xi kulur partikulari li jkun laqathom l-aktar. Nahseb li l-infographics huwa mezz tajjeb hafna biex taghllem ghaliex joffrilek metodi godda ta kif tersaq aktar lejn il-gusti varji ta’ l-istudenti taghna u mhux hekk biss, imma tghinhom jitaghllmu b’mod sabih, divertenti u differenti minn kif forsi taghllimna ahna. Ghandna f’idejna opportunita’ unika permezz tat-teknologija, ma rridux nahluwa anzi nisfruttawa bl-ahjar mod.

  3. I was just reading how visuals are important for visual learners (but not just). The picture exploring the use of mobile technology for “natives” immediately captured my attention and I am sure that it would do the same for students all across the island. The idea of infographics is an amazing one as it seems that a certain amount of information can be taught creatively through visuals. I have gone through the article on the different websites which offer such types of graphic aids.

    When it came to WORDLE, I was not so convinced. At first it seems like a great tool for brainstorming online. Maybe it’s just me but all the examples of wordle I saw seemed crammed and not very practical if trying to discuss the smallest words in the wordle image. Personally I prefer much more the spicynodes mentioned in earlier posts to visually represent ideas, also because more media can be added onto the different nodes.

    About infographics, such visual aids are great to create posters and information leaflets for students in PSD. The negative effects of drugs on one’s health is just an example of how visuals can improve learning for students.

  4. I had already came across infographics before, but I never realised that these could be another way to present information in class. I always thought infographics are limited to statistical illustrations or adverts…Using such graphical representations in class would make raw data more appealing to most learners (knowing that most of them tend to be visual). They also help students make sense of vast amount of information since related information is organised and grouped together (in the form of a story, timeline etc…).

    I came across this infographics showcase – http://www.infographicsshowcase.com – where I realised that even with unfamiliar topics, I managed to make sense of what they were illustrating. Similarly, this should definitely work with our students.

    Another tool similar to Wordle which I found is Tagxedo – http://www.tagxedo.com – Please share if you find other interesting infographic creators out there…

  5. When I saw these infographics, the first thing which came to mind is how this excellent tool could appeal to those learners who seem to have an aversion to the concept of reading. Some students are instantly discouraged when they are presented with a lot of text. The attractive designs of infographics could be a way of how we could engage our non-verbal learners as well. I came across this website http://visual.ly/#gc_filter with ready-made data visualizations which we could find useful for teaching our subject. In fact, from this showcase I encountered great infographics for teaching business concepts such as online shopping, and credit card history. Digital natives will surely prefer to ‘read’ infographics rather than listen to an explanation, or even worse read a whole paragraph about a new concept.

    • Naqbel ukoll ma’ Diane ghaliex l-infographics jistghu jghinu hafna lil dawk l-istudenti li forsi ma tantx ihobbu jaqraw is-soltu. Dan huwa possibli ghaliex dan il-mezz ta’ teknologija jaghmel possibli li l-istudenti jitaghllmu b’mod aktar semplici u divertenti. Meta jaraw text ta’ dan it-tip zgur ha jsibuh interressanti u jibqghu sa’ ma jaqrawh kollu. Jien personalment ma tantx inhobb naqra kotba jew artikli li fihom ma ssib ebda stampa. Pero’ jek nigi biex naqra ezempju ta dawn l-infographics, zgur ha jhossni akar motivata sabiex inkompli naqra ghaliex hija xi haga innovattiva u kreattiva.

  6. I think the infographic tool is great! I’m not very tach savvy, but I wish I’d known about it before my first teaching practice! I’m an English student-teacher and reading through this blog post I realised that when teaching literature it could have been a great way of encouraging my students to express their personal interpretations and thoughts. Some of them would find it difficult or daunting to express their own opinions as they might think they’re wrong or would simply be embarrassed. Had I known about this I would have encouraged them to create their own infographic with thoughts and words they associate with certain poems or stories and then present it in class to share ideas.
    I think this is a great tool for encouraging self-expression and opinion, which I think is lacking in our education system. We focus too much on teaching our students content and we forget to encourage our students to think and form opinions.
    I will definitely be using this in my next teaching practice!

    • I agree with Stephanie Abela in saying that we focus too much on teaching our students content and we completely forget to encourage them to think and form their own opinions. That’s why I also believe that all the latest technologies, including infographic, are very useful for education. We as teachers have to consider differentiating learning styles. First, we have to consider what we need to teach and how best to share information. Students develop a deeper understanding of important concepts when information is present using a variety of modalities.There are many web tools that teachers can use to challenge and support visual learners. Just like infographics and WORDLE, Youtube is a good example of a challenging tool. It consists of video sharing sites which provide teachers with educational video clips that can help visual learners grasp complex concepts. Educational video content is widely available on the internet. There are also solutions to just trim the interested part of any particular video on youtube to use it and include every segment one wants. Another example is for sure Google Earth. Visual learners benefit from mapping out important locations and seeing street view, images, historical settings, locations in a book, and places they are learning about. Google Earth can help students visual landforms, view changes on Earth and even visit the moon. everything is done with a small click on the mouse. On the other hand there is also Prezi. This tool replaces completely Powerpoint presentations because teachers and students can create dynamic presentations with it. There ara many other tools which can help teachers to teach students. Many teachers try very hard to accommodate the various learning styles of their students, but this can be an overwhelming task, as some of the learning styles inventories and models are quite complicated. There are a limited number of hours in the day, and even the most dedicated teacher cannot plan for all the different learning styles and intelligences of his or her students. But we still as future teachers have to make sure and always challenge ALL children, not most. Technology offers teachers powerful tools to more effectively differentiate instruction so every child learns.

  7. While I believe that all these latest technologies, including mobile learning have a lot of advantages and they’re very useful and practical, I do not totally agree with the idea of mobile learning in the classroom. I notice that today’s students are somewhat lazy compared with past generations – they no to look for information using books, but they just click a button and copy paste what they find, without even trying to read the information.

    Also, I personally will not use mobile learning in my classroom, because I’m sure they’ll get distracted doing something else with it, or worse use it while they are supposed to be paying attention, just like what happens in university, where students are supposedly “mature” enough.

  8. I know a situation which happened in Malta, where a boy never took any notes during lessons, and he always used to draw. He got into trouble as the teacher thought that this boy was wasting time. But after many investigations drawn out by the school, they found out that the child used to represent the class notes by illustrations. This shows that not every child is the same, and there are many students who prefer to have infographics instead of a bunch of words.

    For example, let’s take a look at the youth magazines. There’s a lot of difference between the Maltese and the foreign magazines. Most of the foreign magazines consist of graphics and art to show the context, while the Maltese ones are mainly text. Of course here I’m putting the context as a whole, as there are Maltese magazines who are a great source of motivation to students, as they consist of art work. Monotonous templates will not motivate students to read from books, and therefore they prefer technology. Technology is full of infographics. One may simply notice a company or programme logo, and the person is already immersed into a world of designs and art representations.

    In today’s world, children are not like the past. We used to settle down in class to listen to the teacher and discuss. But today’s students always want to be active and see something visually in front of them, something not monotonous. Therefore infographics can be very useful to the teacher. Imagine a teacher teaching about growing up in society and what experiences one will meet. It may be difficult as students are not willing to hear teachers talking and talking. This may be a good example of infographics used during lessons:

  9. Wordle brought back memories from a course I had followed in Verbania about New Media a few years ago. I had forgotten all about it since I never used it after I came back. I think it’s an excellent tool to use in PSD when giving homework to the students. Very often in PSD the homework given would entail writing down something that they liked from the lesson which can be done using Wordle. Sometimes the lesson would start with brainstorming for which Wordle would also be ideal. I look forward to introducing this tool in my next teaching practice.

  10. Very similar to WORDLE, one of my friends who used to teach a foreign language, once prepared an inforgraphic for her class, if I remember well she used it for an introductory session to present a new unit of vocabulary. The website is http://www.tagxedo.com/, TAGXEDO (very easy to remember too).

    Turning words into clouds with styles!

    In my case, I learn through visuals and I remember things through images or through a systematic design. This can also help the students who remember in a visual way in their study period, to organise their thoughts and ideas into a simple cloud.

    This is a way for us to share a variety of learning tools in class, catering for students with different styles of learning!

    Very interesting!

  11. Hi guys! I really like the Infographics idea! I should definitely give it a go with my new classes!  I tried Wordle with a list of Elizabethan adjectives together with their meanings. It seems straightforward to use, I think it could be used for brainstorming exercises on an interactive whiteboard, possibly?

    Accidentally, I came across Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus while online. This is an interactive dictionary which allows you to discover links between words and meanings related to each other. Unfortunately, you can only use the limited version……..

    http://www.visualthesaurus.com

    Sometime I’ll try and see if I can find similar tools online 

  12. Veru għoġbitni l-kwotazzjoni ta’ Marc Prensky fejn jgħid li s-sistema edukattiva tagħna bħalissa mhijiex tipprepara sew in-nattivi virtwali. Naħseb din il-kwotazzjoni timplika sitwazzjoni tal-biża’ l-għaliex tiela’ ġenerazzjoni fejn tistkerrah is-sistema edukattiva l-għaliex għadha fi stat antikwat.

    Nixtieq inħalli nota fuq xiex ipproduċu l-Apple f’dawn l-aħħar ġimgħat. Din il-kumpanija ħarġet b’app jisimha I Tunes U fejn l-istudenti jkunu jistgħu jsegwu kors sħiħ minn fuq iphone jew ipad. Din hi sistema li żgur tista’ tbiddel dak li llum nsejħulu s-siġġu tal-iskola. Barra minn hekk fuq programm teknoloġiku ‘engadget’ il-preżentatur tkellem kif din is-sistema tista’ tieħu post il-ktieb, l-għaliex minfloku jieħu postu l-ipad (f’ċertu skejjel tal-Ingliż tas-sajf diġà qed jagħmluha). Żgur li l-kotba fuq l-ipad huma aktar virtwali. Ngħidu aħna minflok stampi jkollok vidjow jew inkella statistiċi animati. Żgur li dan id-diskors qiegħed jirrifletti dak li hemm fl-istampa ta’ fuq.

    Ovvjament din is-sistema hi utli ħafna lill-istudent imma jekk wieħed jikkunsidra kollox jara li tiġi veru għolja għas-sistema edukattiva Maltija. Barra minn hekk jekk ktieb tieħu ħsiebu dan iservi għal ħafna snin imma oġġett elettroniku faċli jinkiser f’idejn l-istudenti jew inkella jiġi ‘out-of-date’. Jiġifieri mhux kemm tgħid li wieħed jaqleb minn sistema għal oħra.

    Għoġbitni ħafna l-WORDLE. Ma kontx naf li hawn sit jagħmel dawn l-affarijiet. Din veru ħa nsibha utli biex fiha niġbor il-kliem miftuħ ta’ dak li nkunu ddiskutejna b’mod kreattiv u oriġinali.

  13. Infographics are undoubtedly a great tool in enhancing the learning experience of children and more mature students alike. They are especially useful with those students who are visual learners and are able to recall and associate with graphics through their photographic memory.

    However, I believe that they attract all kinds of learners. Vision is a very strong sense and they can make learning fun. Students might as well be encouraged to create their own infographics and thus engage yet another learning style: Kinesthetic.

    In Music, this can be achieved by first teaching the sound and then the symbol in a more attractive way. Example: minims (note value) with a smiley face. 🙂

  14. Infographics are a good resource not only for visual learners but also for those students who dislike reading or even dislike how data is presented to them. Even for mathematics, many students are surely more attracted to images rather than long lists of numbers or letters. However, it is not just a concept of representing data into illustrations but also to understand data which makes learners to want to learn more. And the way data is presented is one of the factors that effect students when learning and acquiring knowledge.

  15. This link, consisting of an interview, states important research findings and facts, according to how many of the students (65%) are visual learners and that information is more easily processed and remembered by visuals:

    http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/teachersatwork/2101/.

    I believe in teaching using visual aids and prompts, not only because you give a different direction to the lesson but mostly important because students are more motivated to learn and content is more easily remembered since students make connection between the content and the symbols, pictures or any other type of visuals.

    I have used the calligram posters, and I confirm their effective results. These are visual rapresentations of a word that reflect it’s meaning. For example, when teaching maltese poetry, I’ve written the key word ‘silġ’ on a flashcard but in jagged latters. A simple suggestion I give to my mates teaching physics would be, for example writing ‘test tube’ in an exaggerated ‘u’ letter by making it like the shape of a test tube. Another good practice would be using icons/symbols alongside keywords. These are mostly useful for those students that have problems with literacy. With a little bit of thought we can create effective visuals that facilitate learning to students and this could also be a students task. Definitely I’m going to make much more use of these types of infographics!

  16. Since visual aids are becoming more and more common in today’s educations I personal think that Infographics are a great tool for education. I think they are easy on the eye and help people understand the topic much better, I personally think every teacher should find the time to use these and place then in the education environment. I don’t know mug about them and how to create them but I will be sure to look into it in order to get accustomed to them and start using them not only in my teaching practice but also when I eventually start teaching full time. Now a days school children are finding it hard to understand certain in depth topics but when you give them an example or a visual they will understand right away, instead of taking the long route I think teachers should aim at first starting of with visuals and then move on to in depth explanations, as once the student ha a visual it is much easier to understand and link the topic with something in real life! Thanking for sharing te links and information I will be sure to get accustomed to infographics and creative visuals

  17. Infographics is new modern way of viewing material for students which has the ability to catch their attention. This is good for Visual learners but other type of learners can also benefit from this. It provides a good means of communicating information quickely and easy.

    Presenting this to the students I think that it will boost their motivation and the learnnig expectations will increase dramatically. You have more room where you can explore with your students and in turn students explore more their own strenghts and this will make the learnig process more efficent.

  18. Like mentioned above technology advanced with a fast pace and teachers need to keep up with this progress. Today, students will get bored easily if the lessons are not interesting and the teacher is using ‘outdated’ resources. A student will learn more if the teacher uses different types of resources that require visuals. But not only those. The teacher can also use sounds and let the students participate more by using collaborative learning. While searching the net I found this website regarding infographics http://www.coolinfographics.com/ I still did not have the opportunity to use these resources in my teaching practice but would like to try them out soon.

  19. In these days modern technology is taking over more rapidly. In my opinion when we come to teach technology is giving us a challenge as we need to be kept up to date to the new technology. If we need to keep our subject interesting to our students we have to teach in a way that they (students) are going to be interested in. To do this we have to make use of technology as it is a part of students’ world. Every individual is unique and learns in different ways. Many studies were conducted on education and how the child learns, it is shown that students learn better from visuals. I think that we should use these info graphics in our teaching, they are more catching and more attractive to students than if we do charts. I took a look at this website http://www.tagxedo.com , for me it is better because you can choose the layout of how you like your text be seen and it would be more attractive to students as you choose the best layout regarding the particular topic.

  20. Personally I never heard about infographs. I spent some time looking them out and I find them very interesting. I think that the students will find them interesting too since this learning style would be new to them; not like normal presentations or videos out there on YouTube. We all know that new things are more engaging and interesting to everyone thus hopefully this new approach might be interesting enough for the students to get them learning like what happened with the ‘ pc in the wall’ . Furthermore I believe that students today are very knowledgeable about new technologies and thus I think it would be easy and innovative for them to create their own infographs in order to express themselves and what they have learnt. Hence this technology could be used for assessment purposes which will be enjoyable and educational at the same time for our students.
    I found a nice video of infographics use in Geography which might interest my fellow geography student teachers and motivate them to start using this amazing new technological world.

  21. I think that it would be nice if teachers use technology into the classroom. Not only teachers but also lecturers at University. If lecturers use technology appliances we can learn from them that lessons can actually be taught in many different ways. We already have the facilities of projectors so that already is a very good sign of progress. Like shown above in other countries in University iPads replaced textbooks in the classroom.

    • True Samantha! Unfortunately there are still University lecturers who still use only the lecturing style of talking, talking, and talking. Even if there are the facilities of the projectors, some still do not know how to make the best use of it. Some just read their PowerPoints which is available to students on the projector. Indeed it is better to have at least a visual display in front of you, maybe you can follow better, but still that makes a lecture boring.

      Then there are others, who try to incorporate some visuals in the PowerPoint, and try to avoid chunks of texts. Somehow, the lecture would be more interesting.
      I remember one particular lecturer, during my first year of the Degree course, who used to come and read from the chunk of text on the PowerPoint. Of course we used to get really bored, and no one ever understood anything. I can still remember some students that used to play ‘solitaire’ on their laptops, pretending that they are taking notes. Do we blame them? I don’t. It’s just because the lesson was too boring to keep focused. If at least she used some images, or at least was able to do only the main points on the slides show presentation, maybe we could have paid more attention to what she was saying.

      Same goes with teachers. Students love technology, and they spend hours on the internet. This short video shows some percentages about teen trends regarding the use of technology.

      Having seen that “30% of their time is spent online”, can we as educators simply decide not to incorporate technology in our lessons? I think that we can’t if we want our students to learn but also keeping them interested on what is being taught.

      • As far as presentation design goes, this is besides making a lecture interesting. If one needs to do a good presentation there are some very good sites that give you tips on how to go about that, as the presentation present in the VLE of this study unit. It really helps one to think about how to present the ideas on the slides.

        Unfortunately some lecturers seem to think more on the content than the design and this leads them to create boring looking slides without any background whatsoever or without any thought to presentation in mind. Some go the extra mile and fill a slide with a whole paragraph…

        But after all this is a university and we are expected to read more into what those boring slides are showing (or not showing) which is a totally different approach to a Secondary school where we NEED to be creative and send a message with each slide remembering that the attention span of some students ranges about 20 minutes but this is the “sustained” attention span. The real attention span is a whopping 8 seconds (http://www.statisticbrain.com/attention-span-statistics/).

        I totally agree with the “boring” lectures but we should always try to find items that increase our sustained attention span to re-focus on the boring slides. It all comes down to discipline (which we are supposed to have at this stage 🙂 ) although I know it is not easy. Personally this is my first university course as a full time student, having read for my degree at this university as an evening student (it took 5 years) and believe me, attending lectures during the day is way better than 3 times a week from 5:30 to 8:30 in the evening after a day at work. I’m not saying this time it is more enjoyable or that there is less work but at least all my energy is put into the course (although I miss my salary).

  22. I find infographics particularly useful for explaing certain concepts and chronological events in history, especially to make-up timelines! I think infographics can also be very efficient for revision purposes, since the information is distributed neatly and clearly – Will surely try to desigin revision sheets in an infographic form.

  23. I used Wordle once, it is really cool! I really found it useful to display the results of a brainstorming session!

    As regards to the use of IT in classrooms i really agree with Claudia where she says: “If we need to keep our subject interesting to our students we have to teach in a way that they (students) are going to be interested in. To do this we have to make use of technology as it is a part of students’ world.”
    I think it is important not to view technology as an enemy or a threat but as a friendly resource that can enhance learning! Nowadays IT is part of the students’ culture and therefore it is important to make use of it in class in order to synchronize home with school culture. If school culture is too alien when compared to home culture students can easily get lost or else reject schooling

  24. Wordles may be used at the start of the topic to get an insight into students’ ideas and discover any misconceptions, or at the end of a topic to consolidate. In Science infograms are very useful to describe processes or experimental procedures.

    I used infograms before to study for exams and I find them very useful for remembering important points and processes. During my teaching practice, I used a kind of student made Wordle technique on the whiteboard as a topic started during a discussion and it worked really well. The students came up to the interactive whiteboard to write words which they associate with the topic that we were going to be doing. I told them to write in different colours, and the turned the handwriting into text. Since it was an interactive whiteboard flipchart, upon discussing the terms with the students, and allowing them to explain the reasons for their choices, I saved it and printed a copy of it for them to keep as a front page for that particular topic. They really enjoyed it as it was their work and no other class has the exact same diagram. So yes, I think that these infograms work and are a very useful educational tool which help children link things together!

  25. Infographics are really a great tool to use in the classroom, especially with students who are visual learners. By using infographics students would also be able to understand some concepts better. In fact, since I teach Italian I could also use pictograms in my handouts so that students will better understand the instructions given in Italian. Ex. Placing a speech bubble pictogram near an exercise which requires them to use their speaking skills.

    Hadn’t heard of WORDLE before, but would really like to use it in class to make discussions more interesting.:)

    • Ghalina li naghllmu l-lingwi hija xi haga utli hafna wkoll li nuzaw l-infographics ghaliex dawn jistghu jiffacilitaw il-mod ta kif l-istudenti iharsu lejn il-qari waqt il-leszjonijiet u anke d-dar taghhom bix- xoghol li jsir fil-hin liberu. Dan kollu jista jghin sabiex it-tfal jaraw l-iskola b’lenti ohra, b’lenti li huwa sabih titghallem ghaliex illum t-taghlliem qieghed jimbidel drastikament minn kif kien jigi maghllem qabel. It-tfal tal-llum ghandhom l-opportunita jigu maghllma b’mod aktar liberu u kreattiv li jilhaq il-htigijiet ta kull student u studenta. Jekk qabel ma uzajt qatt l-infographics, zgur li nithajjar nuzhom fit-teaching practice li jmiss.

  26. I find myself to be quite a wiz in technology, well I did until a few seconds ago! Then I started reading this post and I realized that I had never heard of or come across Infographics or WORDLE. I just spent the last 45 minutes researching them and I am dissapointed that I didn’t know of them before.

    Today we are living in a very advanced technological world, we have invented everything from mobile to tiny microchips that we can save data on. It is without any doubt that our students are living in a world full of technology and if you ask them what types of gadgets they have at home you will end up with a list full of Computers, laptops, plasma T.V, ipads, playstations, Xbox etc. So when the students get to school in the morning and its back to the old pen and paper, it is without any doubt that they will have a culture shock because the way education is thought to them is very old fashioned and hence they lose interest.

    From what I have read and seen, these Infographics are an awesome way to teach. They are full of colour and pictures (its no longer just black and white), you can also use video. Infographics can be used to replace so many traditional ways of teaching. I am already thinking of how I can use them in my lessons. For example they can be used to explain the lesson, or I can get students to create one themselves about a certain topic and then present it to the class or they can be given as a note at the end to summarise the whole lesson. The possibilities are endless. As for WORDLE, I used to use a lot of Brainstorming in my lessons and I really wish that I had known about it before because it is the perfect tool to collage all the students thoughts and ideas together. The same way I was engrossed looking at the final picture when I just tried it now, I can just imagine what the students would have been like.

    Its simple programs like these that we need to use in class just to mesh the lifestyle the students have at home with the one they have at school. Students are going to find traditional lessons boring. Nobody wants to have a lesson dictated to them and then handed notes in black an white anymore. We need to start making use of the opportunities technology is handing us.

  27. Now I am realizing that there are infographics videos as well!! How cool!!! And the great thing is that you may find a ready-made one if you browse the gallery. I have come across this excellent video-clip http://www.npr.org/2011/10/31/141816460/visualizing-how-a-population-grows-to-7-billion which I could have used to introduce the topic ‘Population’ for Business Studies. I had found a great video-clip on youtube, but this one surely beats it!!! It’s an excellent production! This is what our tech-savvy students want to see and not the crappy old visual aids like charts and boring powerpoint presentations with stupid transition effects. This infographics video could also serve as a revision tool for Form 4 students before introducing the topic of Human Resources. You know what? I am now realizing how this infographics tools got me into thinking creatively. It helps me come up with other ideas which will surely help me engage those challenging students which I am bound to face…. I am definitely going to do some serious browsing myself on infographics this time round as I’m hooked now.

  28. Yeah…. This tool got me really excited!!! Honestly whenever I use new software I feel uncomfortable and frustrated. In a few words, I’m a nightmare and oftentimes I ask for help and support even before trying out myself. But I am already seeing so many advantages of using this resource that I will surely allocate time, patience (a lot of it I must say) and effort to tap into. I already feel that we’re going to be time restricted when it comes to preparation for our second teaching practice. Finding excellent ready-made resources will definitely come handy!!! I believe we are now realizing the benefits of the concept of sharing resources online, and that is what we should start working on, especially for our area of specialisation.

    • Hafna drabi ghallkhemm imdawrin b’dinja ta’teknologija avvanzata, nsibuwha hafna difficli biex nkunu kreattivi bizzejjed fil-lezjonijiet taghna. Pero, din l-idea ta’ l-infographics interresatni hafna. L-infographics jistghu jghinuna nattiraw aktar l-attenzjoni tat-tfal biex dawn jifhmu ahjar u jahdmu aktar fil-klassi kif ukoll id-dar. Ma tidirx l-anqas li hija difficli biex nuzawa fil-lezjonijiet taghna allura ghanda tkun facli ghal kullhadd sabiex ivarja l-istil tieghu.

    • Thanks for sharing this Diane, this video is really good to teach Population in Business Studies. However I have a concern… since in classrooms there usually is no internet.. how can we download these videos so that we can use them in class? With Youtube there is the Youtube downloader, however I do not know how to convert videos from this website. Last time I had a similar problem because I found a video on BBC and could not download it.

  29. This is great! I have seen them before however never knew how to create my own. Visuals are brilliant for engaging students and making learning more effective and fun. During my first teaching practice I had a particular student who was constantly drawing and doodling as opposed to taking notes..I stopped her once or twice because I thought it was just meaningless drawing and she told me that that is the way she concentrates and learns. If i had used infographics I think it would have been really beneficial for her and would have been interesting for the rest too. It is techniques like these that need to be invested in teaching methods of todays modern world, and such helpful tools should be made known to everyone.

    I will definitely be using WORDLE in the near future!

  30. I have used Wordle before, but never thought of using it at school. I think infographics are very useful not only to visual learners but to all students. The “digital native” generation will appreciate this new form of learning. They will surely find it more appealing, since information is presented with pictures and without looking too lengthy.

    • JIen qatt ma kont smajt b’WORDLE imma issa li rajt u qrajt fuqu lesta li ninkludih fil-lezjonijiet tieghi 🙂

  31. What I like of Infographics is that through diagrams and pictures, students learn a number of ideas/facts/concepts/receive a message. As already said by others, it is beneficial to the visual learners, but I think that even students who have a low proficiency in English or have difficulties when it comes to written words will benefit from Infographics. RE WORLDE, I have never used it. I did make use of the board where students brainstorm ideas but I think that I will make use of WORLDE for the next teaching practice. I think that is one way of being more creative in class and since it has to do with technology, I am sure students will like it…plus it will be something different from the norm for them.

  32. Thanks for sharing. Infographics are definitely appealing to everyone not just to our students. Everyone enjoys graphics not just a bulk of words confined together! It is vital to keep in mind that not everyone learns in the same way, and different individuals learn in different ways. We all know this for sure, however everyone keeps telling us but we need concrete strategies to include every student in our classroom. This is one magnificent and useful way to use in the classroom. As my colleagues already commented it is great for visual learners but also for the other students in the classroom. A picture can convey a message / concept etc. and students can easily associate or recall a picture than a paragraph full of words and sentences.
    I came across this video which is very appealing:

    If any of you like using facts, statistics regarding social media visit: http://www.videoinfographs.com
    All students interest themselves in what is happening around them, maybe one of these videos could be related to one of your topics.
    Re WORLDE, I will try make use of it or encourage my students to write their thoughts there (maybe as a revsion or summary of the lesson) in my TP since it looks really motivating.

  33. Traditional mathematics teaching relies too much on auditory approaches and sometimes ignoring visual and kinesthetic pupils. However teachers must update themselves to twenty-first century teaching. Resources such as infographics facilitate teaching, making learning simpler mostly to visual students, but even to the other types of learners.

    Students like to experience something different from the usual routine and using applications such as Wordle every now and then will definitely improve teaching by engaging learners. I will also make use of such applications in my teaching.

  34. For sure these Infographics can stimulate and motivate our students. As an individual, I am a very visual person. When I study I use lots of coloured sticky animated notes, and coloured pens. ‘Infographics’ ans ‘Wordle’ can be very interesting and useful for the students, for the subject I teach i.e. Maltese. A lot of students forget their textbooks and reading books, therefore we can display the texts with colourful animation and why not pictures for the students to read and I am 100% sure that the students contribute during the lessons.

    Moreover with the help of ‘Wordle’, important words in a text are bold and have more effect than other words, this help the students to memorize the important key words. It is also a useful tool for brainstorming.

    Infographics can also be used for explaining notes and and handout notes. Having these visuals on a paper will help students to memorise notes whilst amusing themselves.


    a clip on how to use WORDLE

  35. Throughout the years, the evolution of technology has changed the way people think, and act in their everyday life. Because of this, the use of information technology has become a crucial part in how students think and learn.

  36. By using technological devices and gadgets in their everyday life, IT has become an international and common language which is understood by many. This is why IT is a crucial and important factor in the way students learn, understand and be attentive to every lesson. With the use of this common language, students tend to understand more than with traditional methods.

  37. Infographics is perfect to learners who don’t know how to read or are discouraged to read when they see long text. Unfortunately today we still have these type of learners , which we as teachers will have a headache on how to teach these students. Another advantage of infographics is that it will attract more learners and encourage them in their learning process. A good tutorial that I found very Interesting was : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaRCuYC05FE . I think that students will prefer looking at infographics than listening to a boring ,normal explanation.

  38. I think that inforgraphics are a great way to keep your students interested during the lesson. In our first teaching practice, I found that students were always more eager to participate and collaborate when great visuals were used. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about this great tool before, it could have saved me a lot of hours cropping pictures and trying to think how to reach the lesson’s objectives in an interesting manner… interesting enough to not have my students attention wander as I droned on!! However, I definitely plan on using this tool next time I teach. Here are two links that I found useful, the first one has ready made infographics that might be useful for some teachers, whereas the latter is a sort of guide on how to make inforgraphics and it also suggests different sites to use, one of which is Wordle, which I think is a marvellous tool: http://sixrevisions.com/graphics-design/40-useful-and-creative-infographics/ and http://www.infographicsarchive.com/make-infographics/ . Thanks you for this

    • *By mistake I re-entered the comment and the “good version” was deleted….

      So I was saying…

      Thank you for this information, I think it’s very useful and I am looking forward to using it in the next teaching practice.

  39. Most of us doing the P.G.C.E. course can be called a digital native! We are ‘’no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach’’. If this is so, the case can also be strongly argued for the generations after ourselves, those whom we are going to teach. We are in a world of mobile technology, classroom technology, social media, and the like. Technology has become part of our lives, part of how we function. Hence, the influence it has on education is inescapable. One of the major and most recent technological advancements in the classroom is without doubt the interactive whiteboard. In my opinion, this is a technological medium that will make a main connection between society (the ‘outside world’) and the school (the ‘inside world’). We are using the same mediums of communication technology that our students use at home. Therefore, in this way, I believe there is a greater chance of reaching out and influencing these same students at a deeper thinking level.

    I believe in facilitating technology to make learning more fun. The info graphics look great and I will surely be using them. Furthermore, Wordle is also another great site; these graphics could really help to visually captivate our students. Brainstorming is an activity I feel comfortable using in the classroom and Wordle is a great way to display the students’ answers.

  40. Today we as teachers who live in a world full of technology cannot hide the fact that we need to use this great tool to motivate our students. This article helped me realize how much time children spend playing and watching television on a daily basis. Students today use technology so much that they cannot do without. They are always in search for the last models so that they can get acquainted with it. There is the tendency that technology can facilitate our life, hence it is of vital important to know how to use it in a positive way. I realize, for example, that I study with better result, when I have music going on in the background while studying. Parents need to adopt a more positive attitude towards the use of modern technologies because their children may concentrate more on their studies and attain better results if these technologies which students like are used in a healthy and positive and controlled way.

    I think that the more we follow statistics in this regard, the more we become aware of the impact of this phenomenon. Technology can be used by students to help them develop and widen their knowledge of the school subjects. They can use their mobiles as calculators for examples. Visuals are important because they help students to focus and visualise what the teacher is talking about. I used visuals a lot in my first teaching practice and I intend to continue to use it throughout my career. These can help, guide and motivate the student’s imagination and creativity. Technology is something which we all want to acquire, but new technology costs lots of money and some parents are not able to buy them for their children. These devices need to be cheaper and affordable to all levels of society because they are vital for the learning process. Students who do not use technology can become marginalized and detached from the rest of today’s society. Technology is a very good tool which must be used to motivate students and facilitate the teacher to teach with more new and effective methods.

  41. Teachers should really take into consideration the fact that most of their students’ have loads of gadgets that they use daily, thereby in their classrooms they have to include technology in order to keep the class engaged in what is being done in class.
    I had never heard about these tools but they are simply great as I can use it with my class. Wordle is fun, colorful, fresh and attractive. It is a good tool to present brainstorming as students are used to doing it on the board and it is not so attractive. But I am very curious to try it with students when it comes to essay building. Students tend to get annoyed when doing this exercise but I am sure that by using Wordle it will be easier to do this task.
    I also like a feature that I discovered when watching this video, as it is a tool that can be used to help students see which words they use repetitively and which they could change in order to make their text look more attractive; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo5q386cWuc. It can also help us while doing our assignments as it shows us which words we use often and should be changes. It provides many styles and one can use whichever design works best for him/her. This video can also serve as a tutorial for those who like me have come across this this tool for the first time.
    Infographs are also very attractive as for students who are visual learners just like me can find it easier to get some abstract concepts that are presented in classes. I could use them in my Spanish culture class for example to show different types of dishes cooked in different parts of Spain.

  42. Personally I belive that Infographics and Wordle are an EXCELLENT way to introduce a topic or start a lesson introducing a sub topic. We have learnt how different students have different modes of learning. This is a really good way for visual learners to understand and grasp the topic being covered. Obviously, this will not only benefit those who are visual learners but it will hopefully engage every student in the classroom. It is almost impossible to avoid using words when trying to explain a concept, but including animations with Infographics is a great tool to use to engage the students.

    I am definitely going to use this in my next teaching practice as a lesson starter. I will try and come up with a video myself using these Infographics. It is highly important that these lesson starters include interesting information that makes the student think further…

    I found this video on youtube, using infographics to introduce a subject in Biology – The Brain. One can use these videos or else one can create his/her own and use them only to take some ideas.

  43. I know this comment may seem to come a bit late…
    Kurt Slattery posted a very nice “Apple” ad. Of course Apple need to invent something as regards to digital books. They are seeing that Amazon is eating away at their precious pad with Kindle especially the new version of the reader. Apple have always entered the fray with eye catching ideas but they do tend to ask top dollar for their wares. I personally think they hype their stuff a little bit more and in the process hype their prices also…

    The infographics looks like a great idea but needs quite a flair for design in my opinion. I am not saying it is impossible but it really needs a lot of thought and plan beforehand that may confuse those learners who find looking at pictures boring – not all students learn from pictures! Myself being one of those. So I am a little sceptic about all the graphics etc although I am all for technology usage.

    And that brings the subject to the digital natives. It is true that our children are being brought up with technology around them and we still amaze ourselves that a two-year old child can apparently manipulate a TV remote better than its parents. This is nothing but a misconception as children do not have knowledge of how much the TV cost and how it would damage the remote if it uses it with wet hands etc. On the other hand, its parents take care how to use the remote and try not to wet it or try not to switch channels in record breaking time. Children simply are not aware of damages and so “don’t care” what happens. They take the leap of faith as they are not aware of the consequences.

    The parents of a digital native may well be the designers of part of the digital world their child is brought up in. Still we cannot assume that all children born in the last 10-15 years are all digital natives. To be so they would have to be exposed to cutting edge technology from day one. So what about those children who are not exposed to technology? Are they also digital immigrants or digital outcasts? What does it make an adult who has the same propensity to technology as a 10-15 year old child? A digital immigrant? I don’t think so.

    And that is my personal reason why I do not agree with Marc Prensky. He sort of puts all those who where born the other side of the millenium on the immigrant side and he is wrong. Some of them are more native to technology than some of the current 3 year-olds will ever be and this is because they are and have been at the forefront of technology.

    In a talk at TED, Sir Ken Robinson (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.html) mentions that his 20-year old daughter thinks that wearing a wrist watch is something of the past. He says that young people of today are surrounded by time displays and consequently do not need a watch. She also tells him that a wristwatch is a “single-function device”. This is part of the extent to which young people are exposed to and living in. He mentions this episode because he believes that we should change our approach to educating the young of today to give them education in the language they understand. But wasn’t this happening also 40 year ago? We always have to change or adapt our approach to education because those we are teaching today are the teachers, doctors etc of tomorrow. And will they also be seen as immigrants in the technology of 10-15 in the future?

    Adults of today do not need to feel as digital immigrants. No matter how hard they try they cannot enter into the frame of mind of a 15 year old, technology savvy or not. And the same would have happened when they where 15 years old. All they would need is to adapt and shed their fear when they do so.

  44. I had never heard of Infographics before. I think they are very good especially for visual learners. After reading this blog I was very interested to see how they are created because I would like to try to use them in my next teaching practice. Found that there are also motion graphics (Infographics). Found a lot on Vimeo– This one is actually a motion Infographic similar to the Infographic posted in this blog about Digital Natives and how teachers should incorporate online resources.

    Found also this video that could be useful especially to teachers of Computer Studies or ICT (it’s about History of Internet– a bit long though)

  45. This is such an awesome idea!!! I think the use of Infographics is fantastic because we all know how their benefits – students will definitely be more interested and motivated in class. I really wish I had known about these particular fun sites, because I would have used them in my first teaching practice for sure! I had this one particular class who was really unmotivated when it came to reading or writing. I had to constantly use a lot of pictures and graphics to motivate them. Thus, the use of Infographics would have helped me more in making my lessons, especially the introductions more appealing to students. Therefore I would surely use them in my next teaching practice, especially when I want them to highlight key words or important phrases.

  46. I should start by mentioning that I am a PSD PGCE student. So all the ideas and reactions I have towards infographics are coming from a PSD stance and frame of mind.

    First of all, I think that Mark Prensky really hit the nail on the head with the term “digital native”. Most people say that a language is best learnt in a community in which it is continually spoken. I think that this goes for more things than just languages. I think that when you are born to a world using something, you are accepting and explorative of it. I have heard of old people who are afraid of gas ovens and others who, despite their intelligence, cannot understand the concept of the “inbox” in mobile phones. My personal age is an interesting one. I am not a native, indeed mobile phones gained a LOT of popularity when I was ten (eleven years ago). Yet I am not so old that I am ‘excused’ from not understanding the new technologies. I notice a slight reluctance in myself however, to switch from having a ‘regular’ phone to having a touch screen smart phone for example, because even I feel discouraged from learning how to use them at times. This is not at all the attitude I see young people adopting. For them change and innovation in this field is welcomed with open arms and a keen understanding mind.

    Anyway, these infographics are brilliant in my opinion. First of all, even just looking at this one as an example, I was intrigued by the colors and the drawings and the few words there were to read. While there was little to read I think that the message was transmitted clearly and the explanation is completely there. I think that we need some things like infographics in order to cater for the following:

    – Students who do not speak Maltese OR English
    A friend of mine came across a Russian student in her Teaching Practice, a young girl who did not understand Maltese OR English and yet she is being taught by teachers who do not speak her language. My friend managed to teach her anyway with the use of visuals. Therefore infographics offer a viable route towards reaching students with a language barrier.

    – Students who have short attention spans
    From seeing these infographics I knew immediately what the topic was about. Therefore, it captured my (limited) attention and the message transmitted, was a fast one. It didn’t take a 40 minute lesson for me to figure out the main lesson to be learnt or to figure out what the lesson, objectives etc were all about. This I feel is a great advantage.

    – Infographics as a source of change
    Students may feel daunted by all the reading there is to be done in secondary schools. Therefore, infographics takes the attention away from reading and understand the topic at hand that way and appeals to their visual abilities.

  47. Very interesting tools to use, and as my colleague Stephanie Abela pointed out they can be very beneficial in our subject area which is English. I am still wondering about the resources my students will have at their disposition, so I will check with them if they all have computer access etc… on my first day of teaching practice. Also, these tools can be used for formative assessment rather than summative, and can be included in e-portfolios, or printed out in hard copy. There are so many good ideas but so little time!! I have met my students for the next teaching practice and they seem very keen on learning, but focused mostly on grades especially since their midterms are being held this week. I hope to instil in them, through these different technologies, the love of learning for its own sake. Because once that is internalised students will always succeed in what they do!

  48. It is amazing how society has made technological advances, in such a short time. I am only 21 years old, but I only had my first mobile phone when I was sixteen and as a child, I could not imagine myself making continuous use of a mobile phone. Nowadays, I realize that without internet connection and my mobile phone, I will feel completely lost.

    A particular statement by Marc Prensky has really got me thinking.
    Digital Natives are ‘no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach’
    The truth is that as educators in the 21st century, we will be teaching students who were born ‘during or after the general introduction of digital technology’ hence, technology, should be an integral part of the way we transmit knowledge.

    I really like the idea of ‘infographics’ and I think that information in a graphical manner is mostly appealing to those students with a visual learning style.

    It is very effective to use fun visuals in the classroom, in my opinion this would give ‘colour’ to the traditional form of lessons we remember from our childhood.

    To be honest, I still haven’t had time to experiment with all the infographics available but I intend to do it very soon because I m sure that they will help me enhance my lesson and making it more interactive.

    I have only checked out one infographic ‘ wordle’ and I agree that it can be a great tool to use in the classroom. One idea regarding where and when I can use wordle is as an introductory activity. The subject I will teach is Spanish and I am going to imagine that I will use wordle to introduce a cultural topic, let’s say : Madrid – the capital city of Spain.
    Instead of the usual brainstorming activity on the whiteboard, I can use wordle to carry out such an activity. I am sure that it will make the subject more appealing and motivating to students.

    This is simply one way to use wordle, I am sure there are various others ways to integrate it in the classroom. Before I conclude, I would like to share a short video I have found on youtube, which I have found really interesting.It is a video of an application on ipad which will help students learn Spanish by listening to a Spanish dialogue.

    This has really grabbed my attention and I think it would be a very effective tool to use in the classroom.

    As educators, we must make use of technology not to replace the traditional teaching methods, but to enhance them. First and foremost, as a nation, we must invest in our educational system and make the most of the rapid technological advances happening around us – after all, we are talking about students who in a few years’ time, will be the leaders of the coming generations.

  49. I agree with Charlene regarding the resources students have at their disposal as it’s easier when they have access to computers. I think it’s a really useful tool 🙂 especially since during English lessons students engage in quite a number of brainstorming sessions to bulid up a bank of vocabulary to carry out a task.
    It’s an appealing way of brainstorming.

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  51. It would be an interesting lesson for the students to use infographics – instead of using words and the teacher-centered approach to teaching, digital graphics would help them more grasp the subject and put them into a context. It is worth noting that nowadays children are, from a young age, exposed to technology. It would also be beneficial for the students so as to make them think about a subject and come up with points, ideas, their own understanding of a subject.

  52. Every student has its own learning style. The teacher should vary the lesson by using different learning styles so that it can reach all the students in the class. Infographics are a useful tool to those students who are visual learners, but also for other type of earners. Graphical representations (pictures) would provide a good means of communicating information quickly and easy for the students to understand. Applications such as Wordle is very useful to be used with students. I would try to use it in my next teaching practice.

  53. Infographics are an awesome way to integrate words with pictures. Using this technology we can easily reach visual and auditory learners. In mathematics these can be used to teach, for instance, properties of different shapes very effectively.

    Infographics can be our interpreter that delivers some difficult, abstract material in the language of our digitally native students.

    Thankyou for sharing this resource with us. It is a very good tool to use in the up coming teaching practice 🙂

  54. I had come across video infographs on youtube without even knowing they were infographs and they immediately caught my attention… the first one I encountered had left quite an impact because in 1 minute 36 seconds the video put forward a very powerful and clear message (http://youtu.be/qiF65mqeLcY).

    I think what strikes me most about infographs, and what convinces me that they would be a great tool in our classrooms, is that they focus one’s attention on the information that is most relevant and most important. In today’s society, we are bombarded with information, most of which we automatically block out to protect us from overload. Ask any marketeer how difficult it has become to grab a shopper’s attention! Infographs give you the information you need in a very digestible format, which is what we all need nowadays – let alone students in a school environment exposed to new information every single day.

  55. Infographic is a very useful tool to facilitate teaching. Images can help students a lot during their learning process as one can understand more what is being explained by the teacher. Of course it is very useful to attract visual learners and students who, like me, do not like reading chunks of paragraphs. A picture can say a thousand word! Thanks to technology, this can be done much easier as we have an unlimited amount of graphics which can be used and edited easily. Wordle is also very useful as it makes learning much more fun!

  56. Taking a look at students today, it seems that they have been born knowing how to function technological devices, such as mobile phones, Ipads, social networking sites etc. This makes them technology natives whilst on the other hand there is the teacher who knows how to use such technological devices however is not well equipped as much as the students, who have grown up with such devices.

    Therefore this can result in peer tutoring where students who are more equipped in their knowledge about certain technological devices can help their peers and even the teacher on how such devices can be used effectively.

    Although I strongly agree with the use of technology in class, I have my doubts on certain devices. For example yes the mobile can be of an effective learning tool if used responsibly. However we are going to be teaching teenagers, in my opinion the mobile as a learning device would be more of a distract to them rather than an aid in their learning.

  57. Learning with technology has become more fun! I remember when I used to have to do all my research without a computer and it used to take more time and energy! Nowadays children are a part of the technological world. If they have a question about something all they need to do is google it out.
    Through games children are still learning important skills which can help them in other sectors of learning. As teachers we can use examples from games or from experience in order to explain content. This way the teacher can get students to become even more interested in what you are teaching. Games related to any subject in particular may be a tool of learning for the students especially those who are visual learners.
    I also believe that as teachers we cannot just teach students our subject only but also other skills like the use of technology which will be handy in their everyday life. Therefore, when giving out notes or during a lesson, I think it is best to tell your students to access particular sites which will give them more insite about the subject presented in class. That way the students will carry out research for educational purposes during their 3 hours or more they spend on the internet.
    Ipads and kindles have also brought a big change as nowadays books can be read on them. Therefore, the use of the traditional book is also becoming less popular.
    ‘Engadget reports today on figures published by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) which show that sales of e-books and downloaded audiobooks continue to grow. According to the report, US sales of e-books generated approximately $90.3 million in revenue in February, which was triple the figure reported in January. During the same period, the sales of printed books fell by 34 percent. This marks a growth of 202.3 percent for e-books compared to February 2010. The report also shows that for February 2011, e-books ranked as the #1 format among all categories of Trade publishing, which includes books for both adults and children’. (http://www.ipadforums.net/apple-ipad-news/27539-e-book-sales-soar-traditional-book-sales-decline.html

  58. The resources that children and students have nowadays not only make learning easier but also fun! First of all through the resources the teacher can not only combine almost all the learning styles, but also connect the classroom to the rest of the world. So learning is not only limited to the school. Student can make a connection easily from what they learn to reality and to the various existing situations. For example, whilst thinking of what I can do for my next Teaching practice for a particular topic, during my school days, I never thought I could browse and know what the current weather situation in another country is, or actually see the weather report!

  59. Although I came across number of WORDLE images on the internet, I never realized that I could make some by myself. I think that both infographics and also WORDLE are very useful resources especially for visual learners. From the perspective of my subject, Geography gives us the opportunity to use number of visuals during our lessons. From my teaching practice I realized that when using images or videos students were more engaged in learning.

    This applies also to my own way of learning, I would interest myself more during lectures if the lecturers would make use of more visuals, rather than inserting chunk of words on the powerpoint presentations.

    The infographics help to provide information in a more user friendly way, this applies also for WORDLE. If I knew about it before I would made use of it for sure. I am keen to try it for my next teaching practice. This could be useful as an introduction activity for the new topic that I would be teaching.

    The above link provides you with a video where it further mentions the importance of using visuals, rather than using words for students to learn. Children are more able to remember things when presented to them using drawings or images rather than when presented in words. An interesting think pointed out in this video, is that the brain takes more time to transfer what we are seeing as words to images in our mind, and it is easier to forget information in this way.

  60. When I was a secondary school student, I used to love charts, flowcharts, bar graphs or pie charts, basically every information which was presented in a different manner. Info graphics seem to build upon these traditional presentation techniques and offers new opportunities to presenting information. During the teaching practice I used something similar and found it to be very useful. It is very helpful and effective to reach a range of different ability students and also different learning styles – students who find it difficult to conceptualize information will find it easier to understand concepts, while for others learning becomes a more enjoyable activity, creating a classroom environment where students are engaged. This recalls to the constructivist approach to teaching which is highly advocated for the 21st century educator.

  61. The fact that we were exposed to technology from a young age, we can consider ourselves as digital natives. I remember I had my first computer at the age of 10, let alone today’s young students.

    Apart from making life easier, the use of mobile devices makes students learn without even knowing. This helps teachers since knowledge can nowadays be found anywhere. Students may find it hard to look up some information from a book or too lazy to switch on the computer but may find it much easier to look it up from a mobile phone.

    As the statistics show, the students are appealed to use mobile technology to learn. I think the reason behind this is not only because they are changing their way of learning but also because you can better explain things and make the students interact with each other, along the way increasing their knowledge.

    Infographics on the other hand is very useful in teaching. It is flexible to express any type of information and also lets student grab the most important points from a given content. In addition to this, apart from attracting the students’ attention, a teacher will also be more able to express ideas in simple terms.

  62. Illum aktar minn qatt qabel nafu kemm l-għalliema qegħdin jaffaċċjaw sfida kbira. Dan għaliex qegħdin naraw kemm bosta studenti mhumiex iħossuhom motivati għall-istudju. Dan qed iwassal aktar għall-bżonn li l-għalliema jadattaw il-pedagoġija tagħhom u jużaw metodi differenti biex jilħqu lill-istudenti kollha skont il-bżonnijiet u l-interessi tagħhom. L-infographics huwa mod effettiv li żgur se jgħin lill-istudenti biex jimmotivaw ruħhom aktar waqt il-lezzjonijiet. Spiċċa ż-żmien meta l-irwol tal-għalliema kien li tispjega u li l-istudenti jisimgħu. Jidher ċar li f’dinja mgħaġġla bl-iżviluppi teknoloġiċi l-istudenti jixtiequ jaraw metodi oħra ta’ tagħlim li jkunu jinvolvu l-użu tat-teknoloġija. Ħafna mill-istudenti jiddejqu jaraw ċapep sħaħ ta’ kliem iżda huwa aktar interessanti għalihom li jaraw stampi, vidjows. L-użu tal-viżwali jgħin ħafna lill-istudenti biex jimmotivaw ruħhom u għalhekk jifhmu aktar.

  63. I believe that when using infographics in the classroom, we are attracting and reaching more students. I think that today’s children find technology much more attractive than text in textbooks, etc. I can use Infographics during my French lessons, for example in presenting new vocabulary to the students. By seeing pictures or maybe videos, the students tend to remember the new words more.

    • I agree a lot with Valerie. From my experience, I found that using visual resources during the lesson helps students recall information more easily and instill a lot of motivation in them. For us, language teachers, we need to use a lot of Infographics to teach vocabulary if we want students to enjoy their learning.

  64. I agree with using visuals as an additional resource which you can use with your teaching .. When using pictures students who learn in a visual way are motivated more. It is important to note that people learn in different ways and thus when using pictures a greater number of students are motivated.

  65. I’ve been reading the above comments and out of my curiousity I googled wordle and it seems amazing. I am sure that I will be using this website during my next teaching practice especially when it comes in highlighting important new vocabulary since I teach a foreign language.

  66. Why Multiple media??

    Multiple Media give students choices about how best to convey a given idea (e.g., through text, video, animation). They have the capability to produce more professional-looking products and the tools to manipulate the way information is presented.

    The internet and social media have dramatically changed both teaching and learning.

    In fact, most students’ first instinct when confronted with a research problem is to turn to Google or Bing to get information rather than going to the library. It’s not only students that are turning to the web, however.
    Taking the example seen above on ‘Mobile learning Success Stories’, as an Italian student teacher, I view twittering in the Italian classroom as a great idea to involve students and help them interact better using the target language. Twittering also helps to extend beyond the limited contact time in our schools. Moreover, kids just love it! It is a fun forum and an open platform for students to express themselves using the Italian language.

    While most teachers were positive about the design consciousness that technology fosters, a potential downside can be noted by a few teachers. It is possible for students to get so caught up in issues such as type font or audio clips that they pay less attention to the substantive content of their product.

  67. Infographics can be an effective tool usewd in the classroom to help teach students a particular topic especially those who learn better visually. Learning can then be fun and this will motivate the students to want to learn.

  68. May I candidly admit that I had never come across Infographics or Wordle or the sort but I can most certainly say they will be amongst my resources for the upcoming lesson plans. Thanks also to my colleagues who have also shared other tools. In fact for the last few minutes or so I was lost on the net experimenting the multitudes of like tools available online, largely for free. Similar to I came across Tagul http://tagul.com/ – Tagul is another web service that enables the creation gorgeous tag clouds…and it comes with its blog too of course… Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB_achjsfSg for a 5 minute tutorial on Tagul which can very interestingly link the words in the word cloud to Google or to an online dictionary.

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