I used Infogram to create an infographic based on a short survey I conducted at home. Its main benefits include allowing immediate access when publishing data that students can share and easily interpret. This can be useful for students to be able to present their data, spot patterns, and be able to view the same information displayed in different ways to analyse which is the most appropriate or effective tool for data categorising and presentation.
Students at different year levels are expected to be able to collect, understand and display data collection in multiple ways. Below is a Year 5 example of how the resource can be used and integrated in HASS and can be used after data collection. This resource can help cover some of the general capabilities such as ICT, literacy and critical and creative thinking.
Mathematics Statistics and Probability Year 5:
- Pose questions and collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey (ACMSP118) – when collecting data
- Construct displays, including column graphs, dot plots and tables, appropriate for data type, with and without the use of digitial technologies (ACMSP119) – display data with infographic
Year 5 HASS Questioning and Researching:
- Locate and collect information and/or data from a range of appropriate primary sourcesand secondary sources (e.g. museums, media, library catalogues, interviews, internet) (WAHASS52)
- Record selected information and/or data using a variety of methods (e.g. use graphic organisers, paraphrase, summarise) (WAHASS53)
- Use ethical protocols when gathering information and/or data (e.g. acknowledge the work of others, reference work appropriately, obtain permission to use photographs and interviews) (WAHASS54)
When using the free package, Infogram makes all of your infographics public where anyone has open access to view and share what you post. While this may be useful, it can expose children’s work so it is important that students do not post any private or personal facts and images about themselves or anyone they know. While it is made more explicit in the Year 6 curriculum in regards to online safety under Health and Physical Education (ACPPS054) on the SCSA website, it is important to teach this at a younger age. Students must also understand how and why they should present their information in a particular way, which is where their critical and creative thinking skills must be scaffolded ideally before using the resource.