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The value of Infographics in Education

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians develop and communicate concepts using a single symbol to process information.(Wikipedia)

An umbrella term for illustrations and charts that instruct people, which otherwise would be difficult or impossible with only text. Infographics are used worldwide in every discipline from road maps and street signs to the many technical drawings. (PC Magazine)

An easy-to-read illustration that helps tell a story and makes data points easier to understand. And it doesn’t hurt when infographics are not only clear and straightforward but also beautiful and engaging. The aesthetic design draws the viewer in; the information helps the viewer analyze and understand the data being presented. (Visual.ly)

The Value of Visualization from Column Five on Vimeo.


Here is a simple example of a video infographic that came to my attention this morning:

Check out this great MSN video – 10 Common Science Myths.

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Flipped Classroom: A reversed teaching model that delivers instruction at home through interactive, teacher-created videos and moves “homework” to the classroom. Moving lectures outside of the classroom allows teachers to spend more 1:1 time with each student. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and work through problems with the guidance of their teachers and the support of their peers – creating a collaborative learning environment.

via: http://www.techsmith.com/flipped-classroom.html

Flipped Classroom is the “Soup du Jour” of Educational Technology today. School districts are struggling to identify how fully flipped models vs. hybrid strategies will best benefit their students. With the proliferation of the Khan Academy and others, modular video delivery of content standards is as easy as a simple Google search. However, what does a flipped class look like?

Questions to consider when implementing a flipped class mode:

How does the learning change in the 55-minute period now that the student has pre-viewed the teacher’s lecture?

What kind of constructive learning is occurring?

Is it meaningful/transformational/ valuable?

How are the learning objectives measured?

1. Each student will prepare a presentation on one of the following Instructional Frameworks:
Understanding by Design, Problem Based Learning, Socratic seminar, 4-MAT, Dimensions of Learning, Project Zero. The presentation will be shared to the class and published electronically to the class resources list along with all reference links used.

2. A sample lesson scenario will be created which incorporates an established framework, an element of flipped class (can be a resources already published online i.e. Khan Academy video, or something student created) and demonstrated to the class. This lesson scenario will be shared and published electronically to the class resources list along with all reference links used.

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