Let's take a look at some infographics for a better understanding of how they demonstrate 21st Century skills.

Click here for the Infographic Samples page.

How can I use infographics to teach 21st Century skills?



Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes
  • global awareness
  • financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial business literacy
  • civic literacy
  • health literacy
  • environmental literacy
Learning and Innovation Skills
  • creativity and innovation
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • communication and collaboration
Information, Media, and Technology Skills
  • information literacy
  • media literacy
  • information, communications, and technology literacy
Life and Career Skills

Retrieved from: http://www.p21.org/overview

Modeling a Lesson


Retrieved from: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/left-vs-right-us/

Questions to Ask when Modeling
1) What is an interesting, surprising, new, or provocative idea or image in this infographic?
2) What's the author's purpose? or What message is the author trying to convey through this infographic?
3) What makes this infographic effective or ineffective?
4) Which are you, the "left" or the "right," and what makes you think this?

Questions are based on the Paideia Method of questioning.

Strategies for Student Engagement

Choose a topic specific infographic to discuss in class.
  • Allow students to think, pair, share about the infographic.
  • What message is the infographic trying to make us understand?
  • Why is the message important to me?
  • Is the infographic effective?/ What makes this infographic effective?
Use student collaborative discussions about the data presented.
  • How do the data and the graphics help you understand the message of the infographic?
  • Do you agree with the message? Why or why not?
  • What additional information do you need in order to understand the topic?
  • What research and/or data contradict the message presented in this infographic?
Link real-world applications and critical thinking skills.
  • Is the data on the infographic accurate? How do you know?
  • How can you trust that the data and information are from reliable and valid sources?
Stimulate visual and linguistic learners.
The limited amount of text along with visual cues can provide
scaffolding for EC and ELL students.
  • Tell me about.... (Choose some aspect of the infographic to ask students about.)
  • What patterns and connections do you see in the infographic?

Activity: How to Use Infographics in the Classroom

1. Use the sites below or go a Google image search for infographics related to your curriculum.

2. Share a link to the infographic and explain how you might use it in the classroom.

Click here for the Sharing Infographics Page

Infographic Websites
Teaching with Infographics - Social Studies, History, Economics
Teaching with Infographics - Science and Health
Teaching with Infographics - Language Arts, Fine Arts, and Entertainment
Information is Beautiful
Visual.ly 20 Great Infographics of 2012
Cool Infographics
Infographic Labs
Resource Link
NY Times 2012: The Year in Graphics
Wasted Resources Science Infographics
Larry Ferlazzo's Best Infographics of 2012
Infographics Showcase
Good Infographics
Kathy Schrock's Infographics Page - check out the list of infographic topics at the bottom of the page

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