A friend of mine has become interested in infographics creation and her interest made me explore some tools.
I found Google Public Data Explorer which allows users to explore publicly available data and share the data found. For me this tool is especially useful because I can use the line graphs and bar graphs to engage my IELTS students in analysing Academic Writing Task 1 by making the graphs more or less challenging depending on how experienced they are in doing this type of task.
I have chosen a more simple line graph for the first timers...
...and next - a graph with more data to explore:
The one below can be used with any class to talk about the consequences of the financial crisis in Europe. I chose the following countries because of the differing trends they showed. However, you can choose any countries you like: with similar trends, with the lowest unemployment rate, etc.
Looks great, doesn't it? It is also very simple to use and embed in a wiki, blog or website.