Student info graphic (created by Asia Guerreschi)
In this activity, students create a visual form of environmental communication using free online infographic tools. Infographics are increasingly used to quickly explain and map issues. They are used frequently in publications (journals, magazines, newspapers) and shared on social networks (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Digg, Reddit, etc.). By creating an infographic, students conceptualize and make a claim about an environmental problem and develop a communication strategy. The activity combines visual and written techniques to communicate an issue based on research. Producing infographics helps develop a variety of literacy skills, such as information literacy (the ability to ascertain the validity of research and to seek out sources of information) and visual literacy (the ability to meaningfully connect imagery with the communication of ideas).