Undraa Maamuujav, Jenell Krishnan, & Penelope Collins
Infographics are visual representations designed to present information, data, and knowledge quickly and clearly (Krauss, 2012). A writing curriculum that explicitly teaches writers how to develop infographics as an authentic method of planning their ideas and communicating them to an intended audience may hold unique affordances for their writing development.
By engaging students in developing infographics as a part of the writing process, teachers create an opportunity for students to compose within a legitimate, multimodal genre used in many public and private sectors.
Moreover, teaching students how to create infographics before they compose their full-text drafts places greater emphasis on effective communication and reinforces the value of planning—a behavior demonstrated among successful writers (Graham & Harris, 1994).
Why Visible Learning for Literacy?
Probably one of the most essential goals of all educators is to apply the evidence from educational research to their unique classroom contexts. However, this is not a simple endeavor.
1) What should teachers do when presented with a list of evidence-based practices from research studies?
2) How do we make thinking and learning "deeper" but still visible to students?
3) What strategies can be used to facilitate students' learning and decrease their cognitive load during that learning?