Seems that every where I turn or hear from a fellow teacher, you have students that love to take selfies or seem to find a spot on the wall, floor or desk that is so amazing they took about twenty pictures of it. Its nothing new, we all have done it at one time or another but there is a away to turn it into an image of learning. Turn that picture into an Infopic.
As Tony Vincent clearly states: “An infopic is a photo with text layered on top that is designed to communicate a message. The message might be a summary, quote, definition, notes, data, weblink, hashtag, or other informational tidbits. The information might come from a conference, workshop, activity, lesson, video, book, a conversation, etc. Your blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google Plus are great places to share info pics.”
You can learn all about them over at Learning In Hand. Tony came up with the idea to make a daily Infopic challenge where students created an infopic for their classroom a day. Its a great activity for students to really think how they can convey a message of inspiration or have it be part of classroom instruction. However, I discovered sometimes students have so many pictures they don’t know what to do with all of them. While you find more images taken then you know what to do with them you can use them in a variety of ways:
- Create a slideshow, you can do this from PowerPoint to Google Slides. Take your various infopics and set them up as a story of inspiration, story or creation. You can even do a full group classroom activity or lesson by importing the images into the slideshow and then having students access them and overlay their own words, images, etc into them. Even over them around a bit so the presentation will really sizzle.
- 2. Use an augmented program like Chatterpix, Blabberize, Explain Everything, Tellagami or Plotagon and have the infopics come to life. Sometimes words and images are more powerful when there is a voice behind them, especially the students.
- 3. Put different links, images or video using Thinglink. If an infopic of the sunrising over the meadow talks about a Brand New Day. How awesome is it if students or teachers can tap on a link and hear songs like: “Hear Comes the Sun.” Have a link to a poem about sunrises or even a video about what a person does before they head to school at sunrise.
- 4. You know I love comics in the classroom, have students turn their infopics into eBook comics using various comic creation Apps and then put them together as comic of infopics that tell an amazing story or lesson using Book Creator or related eBook creation tools. There is no right or wrong way to do it.
These are a view ideas on how you can #Infopic that. Give it a try with your classroom today.