Using Infographics

Trying to teach students how to understand all of the different types of infographics can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.

One way I have taught students to be able to understand different graphics is to have them create their own using free resources like piktochart.com. There would be an introduction to graphs and interpreting them, what types of graphs are used to display certain types of data, etc. Then, you could have them research a topic, find good information, create the infographic, and then site their sources.

In order to be able to create your own infographic, you have to be able to analyze the material that you’re putting into the presentation and write appropriate captions and short paragraphs that summarize the data. I like how several subjects are integrated into creating infographics like the ones on piktochart.com; it shows that writing truly IS cross-curricular. I have found this to be a good differentiated project to wrap up a unit on interpreting graphs.

Success Stories

At i-Pathways, we seldom get to see the direct effect our product has on the learners who are using it. This makes it especially rewarding for us to read about those who have used i-Pathways to pass their high school equivalency exam and have gone on to better themselves.  An i-Pathways user from Illinois, Glenn Youngkrantz, has been featured in the “Adult Learner Success Stories” of Educate & Elevate; you can read his success story here.  Way to go, Mr. Youngkrantz!

Educate & Elevate is “a collaboration of the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE).” This is a national campaign dedicated to promoting adult education and sharing success stories so that the country can see the importance of adult education in our world.  We are honored that i-Pathways has had a part in so many success stories. We hope to hear yours soon!

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally?

While “My Aunt Sally” only has good intentions to help us remember the order of operations, this mnemonic actually ends up hindering some of us along the way…. and so does the acronym PEMDAS.

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The order of operations is actually:

  1. Complete what’s inside the grouping symbols.  We are taught to look for parenthesis (hence the Please in Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) when we’re first learning how to do the order of operations because parenthesis are the most simple form of grouping symbols.  However, grouping symbols also include brackets and the division bar but somehow these get overlooked.  Maybe we should’ve called this Golly Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.
  2. Exponents.  Complete all exponents.  If there is more than one exponent in a problem, do what’s inside the grouping symbols first and then move from left to right.
  3. Multiply and Divide in order from left to right.  When we are first learning how to do the order of operations, our teachers only give us problems where multiplication is on the left of division in the problem, or there is only one of these operations in the problem.  They think they’re being helpful, but in reality it doesn’t help us understand the fact that you’re supposed to do these two things in order from left to right.  Instead of this helping us, a good chunk of us end up thinking we always do multiplication first…but that’s not at all the truth.  The mnemonic could’ve very well been Please Excuse Dawn Mary And Sam!
  4.  Add and Subtract in order from left to right.  The teachers used the same teaching ideas with Addition and Subtraction.  We’re supposed to do whichever one comes first when reading the problem from the left to the right, but many of us think we always have to add first… all because of Aunt Sally.

While we all know that Aunt Sally only has good intentions, we also know that she can be a tricky devil.  Don’t let her or PEMDAS ruin a good math problem for you!

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