If you’ve spent longer than a few minutes on the internet in the last decade, there’s a good chance that you’ve already come into contact with infographics. If they’ve somehow passed you by, however, they can simply be described as information delivered in graphic form. You don’t have to look too hard to find studies that state people commit information to memory more effectively when they are consuming it in visual form, so it’s perhaps not surprising that infographics are ever-multiplying in the digital playground.
They don’t just stop there though; an increasing number of creative uses for infographics have been found offline, with eye-catching data being published in magazines, on flyers, and even on exhibition displays. Audience-wise, their reach is vast; with pupils at both primary and secondary level already digital-savvy, this type of content is instantly recognisable for most students. While the size of a planner might somewhat restrict the size and scope of graphics you can display, there are still ways to design pages using infographics as inspiration. We’ve put together a list of five ways you could use graphics as part of your reference/resource pages in your planners.
A staple of the history textbook, timelines present important dates in an easy to digest format that is pretty much already in graphic form; just choose your time period.
We’re not going to dwell on the reputation of mathematics for being a disliked subject, because the truth is, maths is fascinating, intricate, and vast. As such, there is a veritable goldmine of information that perfectly translates to a visual medium. From the very basics of multiplication to the principles of algebra, a graphic page is a great way to engage students with maths.
When you factor in chemistry, physics, and biology, there are plenty of topic areas to draw inspiration from to put together an infographic. Even the humble periodic table could be given a makeover, depending on the education level. A great example is this graphic from Compound Chem, which includes colour-coded information like melting and boiling points for each chemical element.
Check out our simple example of an infographic page outlining the basics of punctuation. This could also work for other aspects of grammar and spelling, breathing new life into standard word lists. With a little bit of creative thinking, you can transform blocks of text into visually appealing, bite-size chunks.
While not technically part of education in the same way as the curriculum, school policy forms a vital part of a school’s processes, and it’s important that these are communicated to students in an effective way. Picking out the most important points from your policies in a visual way increases the likelihood that they will be both read and remembered by students and parents. You can include specific types of policies, such as home-school agreements and codes of conduct, ensuring vital information is always to hand.
Now it’s your turn!
Whether you have a distinct idea in mind or would like us to work on a design for you, we relish the chance to create engaging educational resources and will happily accept notes from you in any form, whether handwritten or emailed.