What are graphics?
Graphics are images that use the power of images to create a memorable impression.
An infographic is an image that combines pictures, text, and data to create a memorable and easy to understand summary of a topic.
Why have students create graphics?
Our brains were made for processing images, and there is a lot of evidence that learning and remembering is improved through the use of visuals. Babies interpret the world in images, not through text, through vision. Children love picture books. We watch videos and read publications that are visually rich. Pictures and images are more likely to be remembered than words. Why not tap into that power?
Graphics can be an effective way to market an idea or product, share a quote, or create engaging presentations.
Infographics can be a very efficient way of summarizing complex information.
Digital Tools to try:
- Adobe Spark Post
- Google Slides & Google Drawings
- PicCollage EDU (iPad app only)
- Piktochart (MacBooks only)
- Adobe Spark for Teachers
- Canva for Teachers
- 13 reasons your brain craves infographics
- Picture superiority effect: Images are more likely to be remembered than words.
- Dual-coding theory: The formation of mental images helps with learning.
- Sensory semantic theory: Pictures assess meaning more directly than words.