I've been itching to do another living infographic. I was inspired by an interactive map piece I saw at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga and ordered supplies a while ago...but, because some of the supplies (the little post-it notes) were coming from Asia, it took a while for everything to arrive.
Working at an international school, you are very aware that your students and colleagues come from across the globe. I wanted to use this map display to visually represent that. I also know that with people who travel and live abroad a lot, they often call many place or no where home. I thought this display would be good to show off how international we are, but also to get the community to think about what home means to them.
Students and faculty were invited to take a post it note, with the color that represents their grade or if they are faculty. Then they write their name to it, and they pin it somewhere that is important to them or feels like home. They could put it where they live, have lived, were born, where their family are from, etc. Some students even asked to put two pins up.
the only problem was that the notes were not very sticky. I set up the display and dipped into my office for five minutes. When I came out I could see loads of people had contributed, but lots of the labels were on the floor. I added some pins and tape so people could make this last longer...but definitely felt gutted that so many had fallen.
The second part of the display asked students to share a memory, a tradition, something special...anything...about the place they call home!
I printed out QR Codes (made from QRStuff), cut them up and left them on the table. The QR Code leads to this fantastic video. 'So Where's Home? - A Film About Third Culture Kid Identity.'
I'll add more photos as more people add to this display. Please feel free to do the same thing in your school. You can also see another living infographic I created here.