Critical thinking, and the ability to communicate information effectively to others, are two key skills every student must learn. In class this week we delved into the expanding field of infographics, and we looked at these from two perspectives.
The first perspective was that of a viewer, and we challenged students to ask critical questions like:
Does the infographic cite their sources? and, Are the sources reputable?
Is the data relevant? and, how old is the data?
What is the motive of the organization, person, or group that created the infographic? Is it to educate, entertain, or sell something?
Is there an angle or bias coming through? Are readers being manipulated through the text, colors or graphics?
Does the infographic represent an accurate outline of the data?
Look at some infographics with your child, and see how well they can identify the correct answers to these questions. Make it a game that every time you see an infographic you review these critical thinking questions, and see if you can’t come up with additional questions.
The second perspective discussed in class was that of an infographic creator. Your child will need to be able to create infographics of their own to convey information in an easily digestible and retainable format for school projects and when they enter the work force. In fact, distilling information down to the key points and learning to make it visually appealing will help them learn to summarize and distill any information they need to learn.
Consider making an infographic together for your family. Maybe it shows recurring calendar appointments like piano lessons, sports team practices, work schedules, and so on. Or maybe it outlines the chore list or your media viewing rules. Be creative with color, images and the content to keep your infographic short, clear, and meaningful.