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Exploiting Infographics for Language Practice and Critical Thinking

Trainer: Nik Peachey

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Nik Peachey

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What is critical thinking?

"re-examine all you have been told in school or church or in any book, and dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem"

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

“Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.”

Michael Scriven & Richard Paul

The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking Instruction

Why is critical thinking important?

Why Think critically

'Authoritative' and 'credible' sources are no longer defined within the libraryAnyone can create and share information that 'looks' realImprove your choices & decision makingInformation is and has always been manipulated

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Exploiting Infographics

What's an Infographic?

Information represented in visual form using graphics and text.

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Teacher

"They convey dense information in an easy to read way"

Teacher

"We can use them to encourage critical thinking"

"Less language-dependent - easier for lower levels"

"More stimulating for visual learners"

"Reduce screen reading fatigue"

"Images aid understanding of concept and memory "

"Vocabulary rich"

"Dealing with graphical information is an academic skill"

Why Infographics in ELT?

Approach

My Lesson Plans

Explore existing knowledge and assumptionsExamine informationResearch its reliabilityCarry out independent researchExamine how it applies to your life

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Tasks for Exploiting Infographics

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Fact Finding

Breakfast Arround the World

Ask your students to find x-number of what they believe are the most important or significant facts in the infographic. Get them to justify their choice and explain why these points are the most significant.

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Peer Created Quiz

10 Coolest Spaceships

Give your students an infographic and get them to create a quiz based around it. Once the students have created their quiz they can use it to check the comprehension or knowledge of other students in their class. You can make this competitive and have teams to quiz each other.

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Research & fact-checking

Men Vs Woman

Get students to check the sources of any statistics mentioned in an infographic to make sure they are correct and that the sources are valid.

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Find yourself

What are your sleeping habits?

You can get students to find out where they fit within any infographics that contain personal information. You can also use this as a mingle task by asking students to try to find someone in the classroom who fits into any of the same statistics that they do.

From Visually.

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True - False statements

50 Language facts

Write true false sentences for students check

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Start with why

60 Years since the bombshell

Ask the students to find out who created the infographic and why they think it was created. This involves them researching the source and thinking about the relationship between the company that created the graphic and the information in it.

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Personal response

Paris vs London

This encourages students to think about applying information and making it purposeful for their own lives. Encouraging a personal response from students can also make the lessons more meaningful and memorable for them.

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Convert to report

Women in leadership

Ask your students to take notes about the most important information in the infographic and then use the notes to write a summary. The summary could have some form of publication as a motivation, such as a newspaper report website publication.

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Make a presentation

Water matters

You can ask your students to prepare an oral presentation based on the information they took from the infographic.

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Use the Information

How Not to Look Ugly on a Webcam

Give students practical information they can use.

Infographic Sources

The easiest way to find infographics for a specific topic is to use Google - keyword + Infographic

e-Learning Infographics

Daily Infographics

Cool Infographics

Pinterest

Educational infographics

Get a new infographic in your inbox each day

Lots of information about data visualisation and infographics

Find and save infographics and get suggestions for similar ones

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Creating Infograpics

Creation Tools

Exploiting Infographic Tools

You can create your own infographics and dynamic content using these tools or you can get students to use them to create graphics.

This is a great free tool for creating small graphics, flowcharts and diagrams. Download it and use it on your desktop.

Draw.io

A great freemium tool for creating dynamic infographics, games, posters and presentations.

Genial.ly

A great freemium tool for creating dynamic infographics, games, posters and presentations.

Canva

Another great freemium tool that also includes templates for interactive digital books.

Visme

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10 Creation tasks

Get students creating infographics

Infographic yourself Convert text to infographic Fan infographic Class survey Social research infographic Theme infographic Process infographic Historical time line Vocabulary map Grammar infographic

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