The Impact of Migration Through Infographics with Adobe Spark Post

Students create an infographic about the impact of migration
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About This Strategy

This 2- to 5-hour strategy helps students analyze the impact of migration on individuals and societies. Students analyze the impact and communicate their understanding by creating an infographic using Adobe Spark Post. This strategy can be adapted for use with any content and for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe Illustrator. 

Because Spark Post enables students to visually communicate their learning, this strategy empowers students to demonstrate understanding in a deep and meaningful way.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Spark Post
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle 

Outline for Teachers

120 - 300 minutes

Learn. 

Students use these steps to develop their understanding for the reasons behind the migration and evaluate its impact on the country/region of origin or the country/region that became their new home. 

You may also want to review with students how to identify reliable sources of information, or provide them with those sources, for their migration research. Consider using The Stanford History Education Group’s Civic Online Reasoning curriculum. (60 minutes)

Ideate. 

Students analyze examples and sketch out two or three concepts. Students are guided in the steps to give and receive feedback to improve. (60 minutes)

Revise and Create.

Students select one concept to revise. Students follow steps here to create their infographic with Adobe Spark Post. (90 minutes)

Share. 

Students share and publish their infographics.

Steps for Students

This 2-hour strategy helps you answer big questions about the impacts of migration as you also learn how to effectively and creatively use graphics to communicate your understanding. In this strategy, you will create an infographic using Adobe Spark Post to communicate your understanding. 

Adobe Spark Post enables you to visually communicate your learning and empowers you to demonstrate your understanding in a deep and meaningful way. For a greater challenge, you may also use Adobe Illustrator.

Steps:

1. Research a historic or modern large-scale migration using valid sources. As you are building an infographic, which conveys information visually, make sure to collect data as well as information. As you research: (60 minutes)

  • Collect basic background information on why the migration was happening and how significant the migration was.

  • Decide whether you want to focus on the impact of that migration on the country of origin or the new country of settlement. That decision can be based on both your interest and the quality of available information.

  • Collect information about the impact of the migration, focusing on three or more of the following topics:  economy, trade, political policy, land use, population rate, or culture (learned values and behaviors of individual and/or intersecting identities including, but not limited to, religion, ethnicity, generation, and language). 

  • Review your information, highlight or jot down key words and ideas that you are developing about the impact of migration. Sort your information into categories, such as positive, negative, neutral impact. 

2. Examine these examples and note how infographics blend images, text, size, and design to convey information clearly and concisely. Note the use of color, layout, and size in this example.

Sketch out at least two or three concepts for your infographic. Share with your peers and receive feedback to improve your concepts from the class to select a concept to continue with. During your shared review and feedback, pay special attention to the content and accuracy of that content in addition to things like the visual aesthetic, clarity, and the impact you’d like the infographic to have on the reader. (60 minutes)

  1. Is the message clear? 

  2. How do visual choices (color palette, use of hierarchy and scale) aid in  understanding the message? 

  3. Is there any information that is irrelevant?

  4. Are there areas that need clarification or amplification?

3. Select one of your concepts to continue to develop. Take into consideration suggestions made during your midpoint critique to adjust and refine your infographic as needed.  (30 minutes)

4. Use the guidance here to create an infographic using Adobe Spark Post, that effectively communicates the information you collected. Use the rubric to guide your creative and content decisions. (30 minutes)

5. Publish your infographic as directed by your instructor.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric to evaluate students' infographics.