Easy-to-use tool produces snazzy infographics, few extras.
What parents need to know
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Infogr.am is a website where kids can create their own infographics. The site doesn't require age verification; kids just need to submit a username, a password, and an email address to register. They also can connect to the site using Facebook or Twitter. However, aside from social media use, kids probably won't come into contact with other users. They'll have to bring their own info to the site, and then figure out a way to visually represent what they have.
What's it about?
Launched in 2012, INFOGR.AM helps users create and share data-based illustrations like charts, graphs, and more. The site is headquartered in Riga, Latvia, and was created by two self-proclaimed \"newsroom geeks\" to provide journalists and bloggers with an easy-to-use infographic creator. After registering, kids can access templates and import their own data or key in changes to personalize visual elements. They can save infographics as PNG or PDF files, share them via-email or on a social networking site, or embed them in a blog or another item.
Is it any good?
Using Infogr.am is fairly simple. The site involves repurposing information and adding it to preexisting templates. However, the final result can be a really impressive visual that's presentation- or report-ready -- and can help kids better comprehend and explain scientific research, historical time lines, and other data. Kids aren't likely to return to the site repeatedly; although building an infographic can be a fun experience, it's probably not something they'll want to do every day. The site also doesn't offer many additional resources. It would be a stronger learning tool if it included more design instruction and exercises. Still, it's easy and fun and a great way for kids to start thinking visually.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how different formats help illustrate data. Which method does your child think is most effective?
- What kind of information may be easier to explain using both images and words?
- Users can log into the site using Facebook. Discuss what kinds of issues could arise from posting charts and infographics publicly. Use our Social Networking Tips as a guide to talk about safe social-media use.
|Subjects:||Language & Reading: presenting to others, writing |
Math: graphing, grouping, patterns
|Skills:||Creativity: combining knowledge, making new creations |
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, thinking critically
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