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Educators should read and take heed from the world outside education. Sites like Fast Company, Wired, Black Enterprise and Inc. publish articles that have information valuable to the field of education. This weekend on Twitter, DCP Web Designers tweeted out an image that outlines why infographics are important for marketers. Infographics are powerful tools for businesses to use in capturing the attention of customers.

Infographics can do the same for students. Capture their attention, that is.

Psychologists have known for a while that showing rather than just telling a child works. This study compared children who had been told something verbally to others who had only been shown an image. The children shown the pictures were more likely to retain that information and recall it later. “Without image, thinking is impossible,” said Aristotle. Pictures work. (Simon Rogers, The Guardian, 2014)

Pair articles with infographics to support students in comprehending topics at a deeper, more complex level.

There are a multitide of visually eye-catching infographics available online. Last week in a class I visit often, students were studying Central and Latin America in social studies. The teacher and I planned an entire text set to broaden students’ understanding of the culture. An article from The Washington Post, adapted by Newsela, was paired with an infographic about Latin music.

Infographics are chock-full of details that can provide students with practice in reading and interpreting information organized in a visually compelling format. Kids should be reading infographics, and be provided with lots of opportunities to create their own. The planning and research involved in designing an infographic allows kids to understand firsthand how to display a volume of information in a clear and concise format. Check out Piktochart for a user-friendly tool for creating colorful infographics.