I saw an incredible infographic this morning, addressing the question of whether we are "wired" for mobile learning. It struck me how important infographics are becoming in turning all the information at our fingertips into a contextualized, meaningful experience, and this is a great thing that middle school and high school students could do while demonstrating deeper thinking and learning about all the facts at their fingertips. The full blog post can be found here: http://bit.ly/hZByIm But the basic lesson plan can be as simple as this: 1. Select a subject where there’s a lot of information, or a hypothesis, like in science. 2. Collect information, reference materials, and collect links and make an interactive bibliography if possible. 3. Think how to make all of these facts and evidence tell a story. How can you show people how big a problem is? Can you find something to compare it to? Past numbers? Number of times the book would wrap around the world? How can you make this data create a picture in someone’s mind? 4. Illustrate your data. Find or draw pictures to make your point. You can use screen shots, photos from flickr, take your own pictures, whatever. 5. Present your infographic. It can be a poster, a glogster, a keynote/powerpoint presentation, a movie- you name it. Infographics can be simple or complex, but it allows kids to demonstrate deeper meaning while teaching aspects of design thinking at the same time. It helps reinforce the idea that facts are fine, but placing them in context creates meaning and learning. What do you think? Would this work as a differentiated instruction project or choice in your classroom? Why or why not? How can we tweek it and make it better? Let us know if you put this to work in your classroom, and how it works out!
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