The web seems to be filled with the inforgraphics nowadays. An infographic is simply visual representations of information and over the past several years they are becoming very common. I've used these with my freshmen Intro to Tech class to help them understand topics like the growth of the Internet or the impact of social media.
Now although we think of these color and informational images as a new thing they have been around for a long time. Check out this one which I have used for years with my world history students.
You may not be able to speak French but I think you will get the jist. It shows the path and number of troops that Napoleon left with to invade Russia and how many he had left after he turned around in Moscow to retreat. Without knowing history or the events, anyone can use this image and data to grasp the severity of what was lost by Napoleon.
So, in my recent PD workshops I have been trying to push educators to get more involved in developing their Personal Learning Network. Be that Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Communities, or whatever, the power of connecting with others is hugely powerful and inspiring.
So, I used PowerPoint and took my steps for developing a PLN and tried to create my own infographic.
I won't give you a tutorial but I searched online for vector backgrounds to find some neat looking backgrounds. Then I used the Insert a Chart and played with different shapes and colors.
You can see below some of the design choices I played with before settling on the third choice.
My next step is to take this "Develop Your PLN" idea and try to get my district on board with a regularly scheduled Twitter chat.
Looks like we will use a #rusdchat or a #rocklinusdchat hashtag. But like any chat... I got to get the users on board