Today's Daily Education and Technology News includes lots of resources for teaching about and with Infographics and Cartoons in the classroom. Infographics are a powerful new method of journalism and a form of storytelling that tends to go viral that you can easily use with kids. With the free tools available to students today, they no longer have to have an artistic hand to try their hand at infographics and cartoons.
Infographics and cartoons are also valuable tools to use in your district to communicate positive stories. Reach and find out the stories you have to tell and compile them in an infographic as part of the marketing effort of your school. We all have stories to tell and one of the most powerful ways to tell those stories is with infographics. Hope you enjoy today's links. (Let me know if you like the new, more narrative format of these daily news posts for each day's updates in the comments. Thanks!)
Resources to teach about infographics
Next week, we are teaching about infographics in my computer fundamentals classroom and these are some of the resources we're using.
Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss also includes mention of infographics as it emphasizes how we can help students learn more deeply.
Infographic tools for kids
Cartooning and graphic novels are another powerful way to teach storytelling without having to delve into long stories. These serve as great story starters or ways to develop dialog.
Books on Cartooning
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud is pretty much the definitive guidebook on comics and I”d start there. Scott also has new books on cartooning: Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels and Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form which I haven't read but look like they could be helpful as well. I've found if you start with the best and then move out from there, you've got a solid knowledge base from which to teach your students.
Upcoming Global Projects You'll want to join
Since we're talking creativity today in our news, remember Every Artist Live is coming up on November 21st. Register for your school's free art gallery and get ready to share your student art projects about gratitude.
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