Friday, July 8, 2011

Geography Graphics

Our students are used to seeing infographics all the time. They’re just not always used to calling them “infographics.” For example, maps are infographics, because they represent geographic spaces with layers of symbolic data:
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Oregon Climate Service
 Other well-recognized maps use designs and icons to convey meaning:
Source: MTA
Just like with any wall map or geography atlas, the students need help deconstructing the information presented in the graphics. Legends and keys and color-coding apply equally to time-tested maps and on-line infographics. Students need tools, time, and practice to decipher them.

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