Have you ever stumbled across something that was a major game-changer? This very thing happened to me just recently when I stumbled across Piktochart. While I’m not paid by Piktochart for this post, I HAD to do a write-up on this fabulous new resource!
A trend I’ve noticed over the past few months is a cool new visual aid called an “InfoGraphic“. I am obsessed with using traditional graphic organizers in my classroom. An infographic is like a graphic organizer on steroids! The cool factor is being able to make a professional looking infographic (aka graphic organizer) with information “chunks” merged with eye-catching visual elements, colors, graphics, etc.
Below is an image of my first ever infographic. I chose to create my new syllabus for the upcoming year. Mind you, there is so much more information about my class that I did not include but my class web page will take care of that vast amount of information.
Ready to create your own infographic? Allow me, if you will, to walk you through the basics and share my experience as a newbie to designing infographics. Hmmm…I sense a new idea for an infographic.
#1 Sign up for a free Piktochart account. I chose the educator account but there is an option for Non-Profits and of course, paid plans that include all the bells and whistles.
#2 Decide on your topic and brainstorm a list of what info you want to include. I knew I wanted to create a syllabus and the basic info I wanted to include. The hardest part was keeping my info list purposeful and “short”. I tried to keep it to just the info students would need on the first day. There is so much that can be put in a syllabus!
#3 Dive right in! I started with a blank template and added two “blocks” to give me three customizable spaces. I admit it took me a while to get going. Once I started simply adding text, things got a little easier. There is a tutorial and help feature on the website to use while you are working.
#4 Select your backgrounds. For each separate block, I chose a different background. You could just have one continuous background if you wanted.
#5 The top block should showcase the overarching theme/topic of your infographic. Mine include my class title, my name, room number, topics of study and general expectations.
#6 The subsequent boxes (below the top box) should be used for more specific information related to your top block info or a different category within the overarching theme. My middle box includes a student supply list, how to sign up for my Remind service, and graphics to for no phones, food, or drink in class.
My middle box includes a student supply list, how to sign up for my Remind service, and graphics to for no phones, food, or drink in class.
My bottom box is all about grades, tutorials, retesting/redo policy, and what to do when absent.
#7 Make sure you save! This first Piktochart took me a while. I hit the save button A LOT!
#8 There are options for downloading, printing, etc. Some options are only available for paid customers. I was able to download my picture and print it on my printer. It looks GREAT!
Now, I probably won’t give all 160+ students a color copy. That would probably cost me $40+ to get printed at the office supply store. BUT…. I sense a 3×5 postcard (printed 4 to a page) with a smaller version with a QR code to the URL of my Piktochart web presentation of the syllabus.
You are able to adjust the settings of your project to Public and you can even show it to a group in presentation mode. Oh, and you can make presentations and printables with Piktochart as well.
Needless to say, I am now hooked! My mind is racing with the millions of uses I could employ these snazzy displays of knowledge in my classroom, at home, or in a small home business. The possibilities are endless! This is definitely one post I will be reposting on my teaching blog Learn. Serve. Lead.