Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Perfect Time of Year.

Statistic, Analytic, Diagram, Pie Chart We are heading into a six week period that is perfect for creating and using infographics.  Infographics are a great way to present information to the world in an easily understood way.

Students need to find and present information in a variety of ways.  The first thought is using graphs, or posters but infographics are the newest way to share information.

The reason I say this is the perfect time of year for creating infographics is that there is a ton of information being collected by companies which students can use.

For instance, one student could easily research the most popular varieties of candy bought on Halloween while another student looks at the most popular costumes bought by adults for themselves or for children.

At thanksgiving time, students can research information on black Friday to see what are the most popular categories of items sold.  They can check into the top brands sold in each category or even what items are best purchased during black Friday sales.

In addition, they can check out the number of people who travel the day before thanksgiving, the day of and the day after by air, train, or car.  There is also the types of meat such as turkey, duck, or geese as the main meat.  What food items are purchased the day before thanksgiving and the day of thanksgiving?

Furthermore, they could check out the projected sales numbers between black Friday and Christmas day. They could check various categories such as electronics, cars, etc over the past 10 to 15 years to look for trends that could be covered in an infographic.

This is the perfect project for just before winter holidays where you need something to keep the students interested but you can't start anything new.  Let me know what you think.