Eight Things Successful People Do

Don’t follow the herd. Don’t have a back-up plan. Word hard. Two of these are obvious, the third goes against common wisdom. But all three are things successful people do according to this infographic. You want your students to be successful, and most likely your students also want to be successful, so this is a […]

what-does-it-take-to-be-remarkably-successful_5245d0297bcf4Don’t follow the herd. Don’t have a back-up plan. Word hard. Two of these are obvious, the third goes against common wisdom. But all three are things successful people do according to this infographic. You want your students to be successful, and most likely your students also want to be successful, so this is a great infographic to share with them to increase the chances of their success.

In addition, it is a very visually appealing infographic. Most likely, your students have never seen a chalkboard, and do not understand the background colors. But using a chalkboard background is a great idea. It portrays the idea of brainstorming, often associated with a chalkboard or whiteboard.

What backgrounds can your students use to entice viewers of their infographics? The background cannot be too busy, because it may distract, but it also cannot be too plain, because it may not draw the eye to the infographic. A tree trunk and some colorful leaves would be a great background for an infographic about fall. Faded hearts would be a great background for an infographic about Valentine’s Day. What else can your students come up with?

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Literary Periods and Movements

From Medieval to Postmodern, there have been many authors that can be divided into literary movements based on popular culture, scientific innovations, and political events. Using a standard timeline and colors for each movement, this infographic goes in to the major literary movements, but not into the causes of these movements. Looking back on my […]

tumblr_m6a63jlvsL1qlgje9o1_500From Medieval to Postmodern, there have been many authors that can be divided into literary movements based on popular culture, scientific innovations, and political events. Using a standard timeline and colors for each movement, this infographic goes in to the major literary movements, but not into the causes of these movements.

Looking back on my own education, I do not seem to recall talking about the reason behind the Enlightenment or Realism. What was one of, if not the, most important innovation in our history? The printing press. It took literature and knowledge from our mouths to paper faster, and allowed more people to have access to the written word. Before this people, often monks, had to handwrite every word of a book, and so only the most wealthy could own books to be read and referenced. After this books could be produced faster and faster and cheaper and cheaper allowing anyone to have access to the best kept secrets, power and knowledge.

How did this, and other seemingly unrelated events, influence these movements? From social upheaval to peaceful passing of crowns, everything has influenced literature. In order to understand these movements more fully, have your students explore the background of them.

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Genetically Wired

Depending on the age of your students, most of them are beginning to experiment with one major drug. Caffeine. This infographic goes through the aspects of coffee and caffeine, including cities that indulge in it, countries that indulge in it, and various other facts about it. But it does so in an interesting way. There […]

Depending on the age of your students, most of them are beginning to experiment with one major drug. Caffeine. This infographic goes through the aspects of coffee and caffeine, including cities that indulge in it, countries that indulge in it, and various other facts about it. But it does so in an interesting way.

There are so many infographics available for people to view, in order to make yours stand out, it has to look interesting. From using a stirring stick in a cup of coffee to using the lid of a coffee cup as a pie chart, this infographic does a great job of incorporating coffee into it’s sharing of information.

What do your students enjoy? What games are popular, or food, or anything else they find interesting? How can they create an infographic using information about their choice, and incorporate pictures of the item into the infographic. It takes practice to figure out what makes a visually appealing infographic, but it is a prized skill today, and probably for many tomorrows.

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History of Activisim

Nearly every major figure in our history acted for what they thought was the common good. From our own George Washington, to Germany’s Adolf Hitler, they all had this in common. In addition, they all sparked some sort of change. Martin Luther helped spark religious reform. Martin Luther King Jr. helped spark social equality. Each […]

Nearly every major figure in our history acted for what they thought was the common good. From our own George Washington, to Germany’s Adolf Hitler, they all had this in common. In addition, they all sparked some sort of change. Martin Luther helped spark religious reform. Martin Luther King Jr. helped spark social equality.

Each of the people and events listed in this video helped bring together the world we now live in. How did each of these do this? Make a viewable timeline of each of the events and people listed in this video, and have students research how each of them affected time then, and time now. Choose a few to hypothesis what may have happened at these events not occurred, what other events did they spark, were there other players that could have continued the movement?

What other events did this video leave out? I don’t remember seeing a reference to the events of September 11, 2001. What about the illegalization of drugs? Can your students think of other aspects of their lives and trace them back a specific event, or a series of events?

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Edgar Allan Poe: A Graphic Tribute

Edgar Allan Poe is an important author to introduce your students to. He wrote very well, but also very dark. As this infographic shows, he did not have a great life, and so this probably influenced his writing greatly. I have actually visited the cemetery in which his mother is buried in Richmond, Va. It […]

allan_poe_infographic2Edgar Allan Poe is an important author to introduce your students to. He wrote very well, but also very dark. As this infographic shows, he did not have a great life, and so this probably influenced his writing greatly. I have actually visited the cemetery in which his mother is buried in Richmond, Va. It is also the church in which Patrick Henry gave his famous “give me liberty, or give me death” speech. It is the St. John’s Episcopal Church, a must visit if you ever visit Richmond.

He wrote about many dark emotions, such as guilt in the Tell-Tale Heart. It can be imagined what sort of guilt he had that sparked this story. He was in the army, and married his 13 year old cousin, both of which were common in that day.

One curiosity involves his gravesite. Every October 7th between 1949 and 2009, someone has anonymously left a bottle of cognac and three roses on his grave. What do your students believed this symbolized? Who could have left this? Why did they leave this?

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Know Your Toilet

Your student’s may giggle at this infographic, but “no invention has saved more lives than a toilet. Billions still lack one. Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection. All of this, entirely preventable.” This quote is entirely true and taken from visual.ly. Toilets are private today, but are extremely important. How have […]

Your student’s may giggle at this infographic, but “no invention has saved more lives than a toilet. Billions still lack one. Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection. All of this, entirely preventable.” This quote is entirely true and taken from visual.ly. Toilets are private today, but are extremely important.

How have ancient civilizations used the toilet? Is this a modern invention, or did ancient Rome have them? Rome actually did. Forgive me if I am wrong about the specifics (the location), but I seem to remember hearing about a series of seats outside of an ancient coliseum with holes in them, assumed to be toilets. This shows that an ancient civilization recognized the importance of sanitation (although not our more modern concept of toilet modesty).

What are other aspects of bathrooms that may be useful when traveling? When I was in Germany just before the Euro was introduced, I remember there being restrooms in train stations, but having to pay a small amount (I believe it was 5 Pfennig, about 3 cents) to use it. Because it cost a small amount, these public restrooms were very clean. I have also seen pictures of toilets in Japan, and will have to explore how to use them in more detail before I travel there.

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What are the Odds

Today’s infographic involves a lot of math and probability. It shows that there are many things stacked against us being here, as we are, today. Beginning with the probability that our parents met, and then stayed together. The infographic continues with probabilities involving a certain sperm and egg meetings, and on the fact that all […]

Today’s infographic involves a lot of math and probability. It shows that there are many things stacked against us being here, as we are, today. Beginning with the probability that our parents met, and then stayed together.

The infographic continues with probabilities involving a certain sperm and egg meetings, and on the fact that all of our ancestors met and reproduced the right person who led down to us is astronomical. There is an extremely slim chance that all of this happened to create you, the odds are basically 0.

Rather than thinking about these odds that involve tens of thousands of 0s, let’s think about different odds. The odds that you get a certain cookie, the odds that you run into someone in the hall way, or the odds that you get a certain student.

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Actual European Discoveries

It is commonly taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America. Now this is not accurate in multiple ways. Not only were there people residing in current day America before Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahamas, but he was also not the first European to land off the coast. There is evidence that Europeans had unknowingly found […]

It is commonly taught that Christopher Columbus discovered America. Now this is not accurate in multiple ways. Not only were there people residing in current day America before Christopher Columbus arrived in the Bahamas, but he was also not the first European to land off the coast. There is evidence that Europeans had unknowingly found these lands, but are not celebrated because it was not the Age of Exploration.

This infographic goes through lands (mostly small islands) actually discovered by Europeans (and America). However, there was evidence of prior habitation and of prior knowledge before they were “discovered” by Europeans. So it is difficult to say what was discovered by Europeans.

Some questions that need to be answered include: What began the “Age of Exploration”? Why did previous inhabitants, or those who knew of islands, not inhabit the areas? What are we working on that can be compared to this excitement? While it is not very expensive to charter a boat and sail around the world today, what were the costs then as compared to present day? What was the life like of one of these explorers? What was involved in preparing and expedition and life on the ship? What is left to be discovered here on Earth (beneath ice, within jungle, and in other uninhabitable areas)?

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The Solar System: Our Home in Space

Narrated by a gentleman who sounds much like Robin Leach, former host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, this short video is the subject of our IGaD today. In fact, our solar system is home of many rich and famous individuals, just as it is home to those of us who are less rich […]

Narrated by a gentleman who sounds much like Robin Leach, former host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, this short video is the subject of our IGaD today. In fact, our solar system is home of many rich and famous individuals, just as it is home to those of us who are less rich and famous. What a great commonality between us and those we look up to.

Aside from this interesting fact that I shared, this infographic does cover more important facts about other planets, moons, and other masses that orbit the Sun with us. It compares various planets in such a way that puts things into perspective. It compares other planets to Earth, including mass and asteroids. And it finally ends on a pleasant note, sharing the demise of Earth in many, many years.

Begin, or end, your study of the Solar System with this short video, to give students a short overview of what can be expected. And don’t forget to read this post in the voice of the narrator, the way in which I wrote it.

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From the Cave to the Kitchen

In hundreds of thousands of years, and seven steps, man has gone from discovering fire for cooking, to having ovens in nearly every home. We began with log fires and rotisseries over the flame, developed stone ovens, moved these ovens into buildings, and then into our homes. What else is in the kitchen? How has […]

In hundreds of thousands of years, and seven steps, man has gone from discovering fire for cooking, to having ovens in nearly every home. We began with log fires and rotisseries over the flame, developed stone ovens, moved these ovens into buildings, and then into our homes.

What else is in the kitchen? How has the kitchen, as a building, evolved? What had to occur for the kitchen to be brought into the home? What about plumbing, the stove top, and the refrigerator. Can your students create simplified timelines outlining these kitchen innovations?

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