Today, I’m sharing with you a tutorial on using the free online tool Easel.ly to learn how easy it is to create your own infographics.  Infographics are truly taking over how we view and absorb information.  You can pack a ton of material into one visual representation, to truly synthesize information into one concise document.  I have found so many ways to use infographics successfully with teachers, students, parents and anywhere I need to provide a lot of information in a short period of time.  Infographics can be used by students to:

  • Share their findings from a research project
  • Create a thinking map of their learning
  • Collaborate with their peers on an inquiry-based learning initiative
  • Provide a clear representation of their knowledge and application of a topic

Teachers can use infographics to prompt learning, engage students and communicate with parents.  However, I find that many educators steer clear of infographics because they don’t know how to make one and they are afraid it won’t make any sense because they don’t have a true view of the “flow” of an infographic.  No fear!  Easel.ly takes care of that for you!  They provide templates to start with, and their tools, professional images, and outlines make creating a professional-looking infographic a breeze.  In fact, it’s so simple, students in elementary school can use it.  It’s as simple to use as a word document or powerpoint and the benefits are so much more dramatic.  I highly encourage you to create your own free account and start to play with this fantastic tool.  In the meantime, take a look at this tutorial to get you started.