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Infographic Creation Tools and Guidance

Infographic Creation Tools and Guidance
Infographics are everywhere. Some love them. Some hate them. But however you feel, it’s fun to learn a little bit in a short period of time. Most are made so you can quickly grasp the key concepts behind them. Why Should Classrooms Use Infographics Before we dive into the list, let’s talk about WHY you might want to make an infographic: 1) you run a blog or website that you want to display visually-engaging information and grab the attention of your readers. 2) you want to grab the attention of students by boiling down theories and content into key concepts that can inspire more in-depth learning. 3) you’re a student who wants to show off your understanding of concepts by analyzing, digesting, and then remixing it all into an elegant infographic. 4) you’re a teacher who wants to get students engaged and doing new projects. What Makes A Good Infographic? Tools To Make Your Own Infographics These tools are just the beginning.

Putting the 'Art' in Arthropod Last month, we had the opportunity to teach a class of students at Riverdale High School in Portland, Oregon about basic arthropod morphology. The students were working on a project that blended art and science using arthropods. They had a choice between two different tasks: use oil pastels to draw an insect feature (as seen through the microscope), or create an anthropomorphic personification of an arthropod with pen and India ink. The students learned about microscopy and research methods, including important aspects of digital literacy (finding and properly citing primary sources and reliable information on the web). They also studied several drawing techniques to create their artwork, such as blending, scraping, overlay, cross-hatching, stippling, stenciling, cartooning, underpainting, layering, and impasto. Below, we've shared six finished pieces and hope you enjoy them. One of the reasons we love combinging art and science is because we both have artistic backgrounds.

Free Pictures - Commons 9 Places to Find Creative Commons & Public Domain Images When students create multimedia projects they might be tempted to simply do a Google Images search and use the first images they see. But as educators we have a responsibility to teach students to respect copyright holders' rights. One of the ways that we can do that is to teach students to use Creative Commons and Public Domain images. Morgue File provides free photos with license to remix. The Morgue File photo collection contains thousands of images that anyone can use for free in academic or commercial presentations. Wylio is an image search engine designed to help bloggers and others quickly find, cite, and use Creative Commons licensed images. William Vann's EduPic Graphical Resource provides free photographs and drawings for teachers and students to use in their classrooms. The World Images Kiosk hosted by San Jose State Universityoffers more than 75,000 images that teachers and students can use in their academic projects.