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At first glance, the term "computer graphics" may seem off-putting or imply the need for complex technical skills. Do not be afraid! Applied to education, computer graphics are one of the most user-friendly and effective learning methods.
In fact, we could define computer graphics as a synthesis tool to appropriate and transmit various content visually. It is therefore a kind of presentation (think, for example, of a poster) that brings together in a single document and a single glance, all the information you want to convey. This obviously has the main advantage of making it easier to understand and retain content for those who use these infographics, whether as a designer or a receiver.
In order to get a more concrete idea of what an infographic can look like and its main uses and benefits, take a look at the following one. You will kill two birds with one stone, since this infographic, precisely, summarizes what there is to know about them. You will also notice that by reading the next section of this file, you will obtain the same information as if you had only gone through this infographic, but in more time.
This is the opportunity to compare how you perceive the information. Will you have better remembered what you have perceived thanks to the infographic or what you will have read in this file? Do you prefer to combine the two methods, that is to say reading complete texts + synthetic infographic? Which of these methods do you think should be introduced first? You will understand that there are no right or wrong answers to these questions, it all depends on the tastes and the way you learn.
The benefits of infographics in the classroom
Whether you are the one making the infographics or entrusting the task to your homework students, and whatever the context in which you use them, these educational presentations will win you over with their many benefits, both cognitively and motivational. .
In the first place, this method promotes the development of the analytical mind. Indeed, in order to create an infographic, you must first appropriate the content. The teacher who creates them will therefore be better able to transmit his material, and the student will have a better understanding of what he conveys in his own work, rather than copying sentences without any meaning or real link. The visual aspect of this type of tool indeed requires prior reflection on the best way to present its content. A choice will therefore be made in order to determine what is essential to transmit, as opposed to secondary content. In addition, links between the contents will have to be established, which obliges the creator to properly structure the data. All of this mental effort and personal appropriation of information greatly reduces the risk of plagiarism in the completion of assignments and enhances the true understanding of learners.
Motivation linked to the use of ICT
In addition, students' motivation is solicited when work is required in the form of infographics, since this way of doing things involves ICT. Aesthetics and creativity are also present, which may amuse the students and please those with a more developed artistic personality. In addition, sharing these works is interesting: by publishing them on the Web or by projecting them on the TNI, for example, you make the students proud of their achievements.
Alliance between image and words to promote assimilation
Obviously, once brought into the world and shared, a good infographic can make the material easier to assimilate. In this sense, they are an excellent preparation tool for exams, since students only have to revise them to check if they have understood everything, which can moreover be done with the support of parents, who can they also consult the infographics. In addition, the alliance between the visual and the words promotes short and long term retention. What could be better?
Now let's take a look at the characteristics of a successful infographic.
1. Educational infographics: a visual tool for learning
- The advantages of computer graphics in the classroom
2. The characteristics of a successful infographic
3. How to make an infographic?
- Online tools
- Other tools for visual learning
4. Computer graphics at the service of the teacher
- To convey information
- To plan your teaching
- To assess the students
5. Computer graphics at the service of the student
- To supervise the work
- To facilitate certain tasks and learning