Real Communication: Animated Infographics

If you want something to be remembered you have to frame it in a narrative.

Visual Literacy, which can be broken into further subsets like infographics and digital storytelling, encompasses a skill set of increasing importance in a world where information grows exponentially.


How much information is there?
In 2010, Eric Schmitt, former CEO of Google hit us over the head with this statistic:

“Every 2 days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003″.

How fast is information growing?
In the year 2011 information is doubling roughly every 11 hours. This is according to some statistics I’ve seen cited from IBM, Gartner and Accenture.

Here is an oversimplified illustration that shows you what’s happening:

Pace of Information Growth

My tech class recently finished a unit on  digital storytelling with Power Point. Many students produced videos for the Sakura Medal Book Trailer Contest here in Japan (sorry private until judging is complete). We learned many valuable lessons about how to create book trailers that touched on many of the skills and considerations needed to to produce effective communication through video.

When researching for resources for a new unit on infographics (A little obsessed with visual literacy? GUILTY!) I came cross this incredible video. The content is captivating but the fact that this is, to me, an animated, narrated infographic made it perfect for my class. It is a exemplar of the elements of design we continue to develop while offering yet another example of good digital storytelling (expository this time). I hope you will find value in it as well.

I have started putting together a resource site specifically for video chronicling of the PYP Exhibition at my school that is available to all here and will be putting together an iTunes U course on this very subject at the ADE Institute in Bali later this month.

I”d love to hear your comments.

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About Sean Thompson

Sean is an educational technology specialist at Sacred Heart International School in Tokyo. He travels extensively across southeast Asia speaking, presenting and participating in discussions regarding the effective integration of technology in an educational setting. In 2014 he partnered up with DEEP Learning to support the team with the development, promotion and execution of professional development conferences for teachers worldwide. Sean is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, an International Baccalaureate Educator Network Workshop Leader , a Google education Trainer and a Certified Google Educator available for professional development at your school.
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2 Responses to Real Communication: Animated Infographics

  1. Homer says:

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly.
    I’m quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here!
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    • Sean says:

      Thank you Homer,

      I feel like my work somehow gets better when shared. As teachers we are always pressed for time so making ideas and resources available helps me give back.

      I appreciate your comments.

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