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World Geography Research: Task 2: Create!

Students will research a country of their choice and create an infographic to convey the information found.

Sample Infographic

Infographic Requirements

*Infographic Requirements*

As a culminating project for your world geography research, each one of you will be creating an infographic to share what you know and reflect on what you've learned about your chosen country. 

Infographic- a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data. "a good infographic is worth a thousand words"

 The requirements for the project are listed below:

 1. You will create a login for www.piktochart.com. In order to do this you will need to:

     a. Click on the teal box that says "Sign Up"

     b. Fill in the account registration using your school username, your school email and set the password as: knights.

     c. Scroll down and uncheck "subscribe to the newsletter".

     d. Click on "create account".

     e. Select one of the twelve free templates provided for you. 

2. Your infographic MUST contain the following information:

   a. All of the criteria listed on your research notes page

   b. Correct punctuation and spelling

   c. Map of you country within its continent

   d. Picture of just your country

   e. Two pictures/graphics that help explain/support your research 

*f. Your works cited, in MLA format, copied and pasted from your Word document. You need at least 2 informational sources plus picture/map citations in your works cited.*

 3. Steps to download your Infographic:

   a. At the top left, click on the "Download" box.

   d. Choose JPEG from the file type section of this pop up box.

   c. Click “Download JPEG.”

   d. “Make a Copy” of the JPEG. titled Last name_Country Name in your S.S. file. (For example: Harvey USA)

   e. Add your JPEG file to your Google Drive

 

4. Turning in your Infographic


a.
On the World Geography Project Page--Click on Turn it In tab at the top.

 b. Click on the Padlet link

 c. In the bottom right corner click the (+) button

 d. Type your First Name ONLY.

 e. In another tab, open your drive and go to your JPEG project.  Click Share in the upper right corner.

 f. Choose Get Shareable Link, and click on Anyone In Blue Valley can view--a drop down menu should appear---choose MORE

 g. Select--On Anyone with the Link can View

 h. Copy Link and attach it to your Padlet entry.

 i. Click on Add an Attachment.

Tips for a Good Infographic

12 Infographic Tips That You Wish You Knew Years Ago

Neil Patel

1. Create your infographic for your target audience.

The infographics with the most traction, most attention, and most virality, are ones that meet your target audience right where they want it most.

One mistake that I’ve seen people make when creating an infographic is that they try to choose something that is generically popular rather than specifically relevant to their audience.

This infographic has a target audience — public school teachers.

1 teacher infographic

Image from Edudemic.

Your goal is to create an infographic for your audience, not necessarily for the whole world. Keep it specific, relevant, and targeted.

2. Keep it simple.

Like everything else in life, infographics are better when they are simple.

This infographic would work better as four or five infographics.

Image from Naldzgraphics.net.

Simplicity wins. Always.

3. Keep it focused.

Simplicity, discussed above, is ultimately about focus. Don’t just make your infographic a potpourri of facts and figures. Make it a streamlined and focused on a single topic.

Infographics are not attempts to randomly assemble all the data you can compile. Instead, an infographic is intended to drive a single, focused point.

This infographic is focused on a single topic — backup practices of Mac users.

Image from Pcmag.com

4. Show things visually.

I’ve seen infographics that are short on the “graphic” and long on the “info.” The best infographics are ones that have a good balance of visual information with written information.

This infographic uses a few icons and an image, but not a whole lot of other visual elements. To qualify for the “graphic” in infographic, it needs some more visual pizzazz.

Image from We Are Teachers.

5. Make it easy to view.

Many infographics have a variety of font sizes. Make sure that the smallest font on your infographic can be seen without too much difficulty.

The words in the infographic below have become too small to read easily.

Image from CanopyPlanet.

The infographic should be easy to read and view, whether the user clicks to enlarge or not. 600 pixels wide is a good width to aim for.

6. Make it a manageable length and size.

Infographics are supposed to be big. We get that. But go too big, and you’ll start losing people

I recommend a limit length of 8,000 pixels. Anything longer, and you’ll start to presume upon your user’s attention span.

This infographic, at 24,575 pixels, is probably approaching too long.

6 long infographic

Image from KillerInfographics.com.

7. Add white space.

Any graphic designer will tell you that white space is important.

There’s not enough white space in this infographic (which might be its point).

Good infographic design includes a balance of visual elements with the necessary negative space to help guide the viewers as they look at the infographic.

8. Create a killer headline.

The infographic doesn’t get any attention if it doesn’t have a great headline.

Good headlines will have these features:

  • They describe the infographic
  • They grab the user’s attention.
  • They are short enough to understand at a glance. 70 characters is a good length.

If you don’t have a powerful headline, your infographic simply won’t get viewed. That’s all there is to it.

This infographic, for example, has a wordy title that might not get the level of attention it wants.

Image source.

9. Focus on the flow.

The greatest strength of an infographic is that it can flow both cognitively and visually.

An infographic is like a good story. It has the ability to convey an idea by taking you from one phase to another, sequentially and seamlessly. The dots are all connected, and the ideas integrated.

Even when this infographic is viewed from far away, it has obvious flow. Each section has a number, a headline, and a different color background. It’s comic book style helps us to better read each section. Every one of the visual elements serve to create a more powerful flow.

Image from Entrepreneur.com

10. Check your facts and figures.

Many infographics focus on presenting data. It’s a smart idea. Our minds can process stats and percentages way better when wesee them, rather than just look at a number with decimal points and percentage signs.

But make sure that you’re being accurate, by focusing on these three oft-overlooked areas:

  • Make sure that the statistics themselves are true.
  • Make sure that your sources are reliable.
  • Make sure that your graphical representation of the data lines up with the number (if you have both)

11. Cite your sources.

Just because you’re making an infographic doesn’t mean that you’re released from needing to cite your sources. Where did you get your data? Cite it.

I usually cite the source of my infographic data at the very end of the infographic.