Easel.ly is an online tool that allows you to create infographics. An infographic, also known as a data visualization, is a visual display of information through the use of graphics, color, and symbols. Infographics allow the viewer to "experience" the information on a variety of levels. In our 21st century world, we are accustomed to receiving information in small bytes. Infographics allow us to absorb information in this manner.

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Website: www.easel.ly
Task #1: Search the infographics sites listed in the Other Resources section or browse the public visuals on the easel.ly site. Find an infographic worth sharing.

Task #2: Review this page of infographics about creating effective infographics.

Task #3: Create a free easel.ly account by clicking here. Create your own infographic.

Terms: 13+ for account creation or with parental or school permission.
Classroom Implications
Infographics can serve as great discussion starters about a concept or topic. They can help students justify their arguments or pinpoint misconceptions. Infographics help students interpret information visually.

By creating their own infographics, students can demonstrate their understanding of a concept in a creative, visual, interactive manner and use their critical thinking skills.

Administrative Implications
There are numerous infographics that represent state and national data, societal issues, and trends. Educational infographics are abundant on the web. Furthermore, new technologies are being created everyday to support individuals as they create their own infographics to share important information with stakeholders.

Other Resources
Sample Infographics
Student Designed Infographics
Media Use by Teens and Tweens
Why Reuse a Cup
Left vs. Right
Education vs. Incarceration

Additional Sites
Free ebook on using easel.ly in the classroom
Kathy Shrock's guide on using infographics as a creative assessment
visual.ly - touts itself as the "the world's largest community for sharing infographics and data visualizations."
Information is Beautiful
Cool Infographics
Resource Link
Infographics Showcase
Good Infographics

Our Infographic regarding why Teachers in NC need Professional Development

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“The resources provided during the course of this NCDPI training have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during this training."