Create Infographics Easily with Easel.ly!

If you've never heard the term "infographic" chances are you've at least seen one. They're popping up all over the place on a variety of topics. An infographic is a visual representation of data and information in an easy to understand format, usually rich in color and full of great graphics and clipart. I remember when USA Today first came out years ago, their "USA TODAY Snapshots" were the first I ever saw of these types of visual graphics.


Now, we see infographics on everything from health insurance, to The Beatles, to Easter candy. If you want see some more great examples of infographics, just check out the Daily Infographics blog.

Well, as I always look for ways to integrate the latest and greatest crazes into the classroom, I started looking for tools to create infographics that teachers could use. Sure, you could use PhotoShop to create stunning graphics, but not all students and teachers have access to it, nor do they have the experience of working with it.

I was looking for an online tool they could use and preferably a FREE one. Well, I found one and it's great! It's Easel.ly. At Easel.ly, you create a free account and you're off and running. You pick a template as a starting point (or someone else's creation). Then you can add or remove items, add text, add built in visuals, or even upload your own images. You can change text and shape color, transparency, and size.  Gridlines and snap-to features make alignment easy and objects can be moved from back to front with the click of a button. It's a really, really simple interface.

Here's my first attempt at an infographic on "Schlechty's Levels of Engagement" that I've embedded (since Easel.ly also gives you the embed code for your infographic):

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I can see students of all ages creating their infographics in a variety of curricular areas. These great visual representations could help in any class!

Comments

Cat Sim said…
Can I have permission to use your poster in a session with teachers? It is a great way to show the difference between well-managed students and engaged students.

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