Infographics are one of the various data visualizaiton tools that I frequently use in my classes. I love infographics because they help my students understand and easily remember information (read my post here where I talk about the picture superiority effect). It is also relatively easy to find an infographic with the information you want, but if you can’t find one, you can always create your own using sites such as Canva, Easel.ly or Piktochart. There are even infographics that explain what an infographic is!
This will be one of the sources that I will use as an example of how people around the world have been advocating for and/or taking action on the SDGs. This infographic offers succinct information on an event organized in Belarus in 2016. The SDGs logo is purposefully used as the wheels in the bicycle and so are its colours in the pie chart, which help the students make an immediate connection between the event and the SDGs. This infographic also models a possible way in which the students could choose to advocate for their goal, by making an infographic to be shared with other students. Another reason for using this infographic, is for the students to explore the website it comes from, as it has plenty of information about how people in different parts of the world are actively engaging with the SDGs.
Two other tools of data visualization that the students will use during this project are the 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals and the Interactive 2018 SDG Dashboards. Both of these tools provide access to a wealth of data related to the SDGs, all presented in a visual, interactive way.
I am very much looking forward to launching this project and finding out how the students will respond to it.