Infographics vs Video

Our class is having Salva Dut of Water for Sudan come and give us an assembly this coming week.  Part of his visit will be individual visits to classrooms with him spending about 10 minutes in each room.  He will challenge the children at the end of his assembly with the question: “How can water change the world?”

I was thinking about this question and thought I would go on the search for infographics using the suggested links on the course website.  I found the infographics to be interesting to read but were presented at a level that was beyond my students ability to synthesize and understand.  I did, however, decide to take bits and pieces of different ones and explore them with the kids in order for them to understand some of the data that is out there.

I used:

The Threat of a Global Water Shortage

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and:

How Your Birthday Can Change the World

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In reflection, I found the first one to be quite interesting but my kids found it hard to focus on the important aspects of the data.  The second infographic I used made more sense to them because it was connected with their birthday and for them it was more visually appealing with a simplistic design and a powerful message.  I came across a video that actually gave the kids a more powerful reason to reflect and embedded this one onto my class blog for them to comment on that evening. The video reminds me of an infographic turned into a video using animation.

Here is the video:

I am not sure if the infographic’s I found gave me the message that I wanted the kids to walk away with.  This could be due to a number of issues like not knowing where to search and not finding kid-friendly infographics.  Perhaps next time I could have made my own. This presents its own challenges of the time factor it takes to create one.  I have also been interested in transferring my resume to an infographic and have seen this done by several people.  I like the visual of them.

All in all, it was fun to use them with the kids.  Did it have the effect I wanted it to have? Probably not.  The video did better.  This causes me to question how powerful media can be for creating a message and how a story like the video I used has the potential to be powerful….

Which one do you find more powerful? How do you use infographics with your students?

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