Creative Thinking, Education

How to Be More Creative

Here is a nice infographic from

How To Be More Creative #InfographicYou can also find more infographics at Visualistan

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Sherlock Holmes’ Resume

My daughter is a huge fan of the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes series so when I saw this, I had to show her. ¬†We both had a chuckle over the graph of his interests ūüôā

a portion of Sherlock Holmes' resume from Media Bistro
a portion of Sherlock Holmes’ resume from Media Bistro

You can see the infographic in its entirety by visiting Media Bistro. It’s being used to advertise for a new book on infographic resumes from McGraw-Hill.

Students could do a similar activity to analyze a character in any book or a person in history. ¬†This would go along very well as a companion activity to creating a book trailer using the¬†app I mentioned yesterday, “In a World… Drama.” ¬†To create the infographic, students could design their own free-hand. ¬†Or, you can visit this list of suggested websites¬†to make infographics from Richard Byrne.

This activity not only allows students to show their understanding of a particular person while showcasing their creativity, but may also help them to develop a beneficial skill that they may need down the road. ¬†My husband’s company has been receiving infographic resumes from prospective employees, and they definitely help the job applicants to stand out from the rest of the crowd! ¬†(Of course, you probably would not want to highlight cigars as being your primary interest in life…)


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Your Brain by the Numbers

The blog “Science is Beauty” recently posted this great infographic poster created by Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham. ¬†I like how some of the numbers are given comparisons, such as how the 100 thousand miles of axons in our brain would be equivalent to 4 trips around the Earth. ¬†I think it might be fun to have the students come up with comparisons for some of the other facts, integrating a bit of math with science and research. ¬†Once they have delved a bit more into this infographic, you could assign them to create their own poster about another amazing organ, such as the heart or eye. ¬†You can check out Richard Byrne’s post on “Three Free Tools for Creating Infographics” here. ¬†Or, they could use Glogster Edu to make a multimedia poster.

UPDATE: ¬†If you are not able to go to the “Science is Beauty” site because your district blocks it (as mine apparently does!), here is an alternative site: ¬†

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How to Break Out of a Creative Rut

How to Break Out of a Creative Rut
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Flags by Colours

I was really intrigued by the Flags by Colours infographic in a presentation given by Kathy Schrock on “Using Infographics as a Creative Assessment”¬†at T.C.E.A. last week. ¬†Although her presentation was about having students create infographics, this particular example struck me as one that could be useful in the classroom. ¬†For starters, you could ask the kids to try to predict which one represents their own country (conveniently forgetting to tell them that the flags are in alphabetical order). ¬†If they pick the wrong one(s), you could help them to determine why, which might bring in some math and fractions. ¬†You could also compare the similar flags of countries, have the students try to figure out which color is used the most (the answer is at the bottom) and speculate why, design what the infographic might look like for another flag – like one of a state or region, or try to design a flag based on its infographic, and then reveal the true flag. ¬†I’m sure you can think of even more ideas!