No matter how old students are or what individual skills they have, visuals drive the point home and make ideas easier to remember.
Read on to understand why infographics and visual aids remain as powerful learning aids in the classroom!
Why Infographics Matter in the Classroom
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Most Students are Visual Learners
Did you know that visuals – compared to written or oral instruction – support the brain in processing information? According to several studies:
- Visuals can improve learning by up to 400%
- Humans can process visuals 60,000 times faster than text
- The average person can recall 65% of visual information 10 days later (10% of what they heard)
- Most students (about 65%) are visual learners
It’s easy to see why more and more teachers are seeking ways to incorporate visual elements into their units and lessons.
But not all visuals are made equal, which is why many schools, teachers, and even parents are using educational tools like Easel.ly to enhance learning.
How Infographics Help Students Learn
Infographics are highly effective in the classroom (and at home) because they:
- Require students to organize information in logical ways
- Meet district and Common Core standards for technology use
- Allow students to exhibit their understanding of a subject in different ways
- Strengthen critical thinking skills
- Help students visualize text-based information (i.e. infographic book reports)
- Keep kids entertained
And because visuals help students remember more than before, infographics are a great way to make sure kids really pay attention to important things, like rubrics for their project!
Infographic rubric made by Sonia Guilana
Visuals Make It Fun!
Teachers and other educators who use infographics also find that their students are more engaged with the “hands on” element of infographic creation. The Easel.ly tool is a “techie tool” that lets kids:
- Express themselves
- Keep their hands busy
- Highlight their learning style
- Iterate information in multiple formats or mediums
Infographics combine written, visual, digital and tactile elements of learning; not only does this show a student’s deeper learning, but it also keeps them engaged. In a world of shortening attention spans, that’s good news for teachers!
Create Infographics with Students
Teachers have been creating infographics for their classrooms for generations – think of that nitrogen cycle poster every science class has up on its wall.
But today, teachers aren’t limited to creating and using infographics to teach students – students can create and share their own infographics to demonstrate their learning and skills. Make an infographic with your students instead of creating it for them.
After all, students have access to more technology than ever and they usually pick up on learning new tech tools quickly. Not only will you be filling the digital learning gap for students, but you’ll be keeping them entertained.
Who knows – your students might even teach you a thing or two!
If you’re wondering how you can start using infographics in your classroom or media studies class, check out our How to Make Infographics With Students webinar recording or the Infographics for Your Classroom FREE ebook.