One of the best way to learn new things is through imitation.
Learning to play an instrument? Copy what your teacher does!
Learning to paint? Try painting in the style of a famous artist.
Learning to dance? Watch some videos on YouTube and attempt to replicate it in the comfort of your home.
That’s why, as I’m trying to become better at infographics, I really appreciate Nathan Yau’s guides over at FlowingData.com. Recently he had a great guide on how to create a ‘treemap’. I used slightly different variables (blog title, category, visitor time per post) and ended up with the following:
Inspired by the wonderful infographic-style resumés of graphic designers on display at FastCompany and Cool Infographics, I decided to have a go at my own. For best results, click through to view it full-size! :-p
Before you ask, I used Keynote, part of iWork 09. It’s a wonderful drawing package! 😀
On p.189 of Lankshear & Knobel’s New Literacies: Everyday Practices & Classroom Learning (2006) they cite the work of Naismith, et al. who suggest plotting commonly-used educational technologies onto two axes: static-portable and shared-personal. What they neglect to include is a graphic, which would have made a lot more sense.
Let me help them:
Interestingly, schools seem to be fine with technology that fits into the bottom-left space, but not with the top-right. Why? :-s