Thursday, October 31, 2013

Infographic Creation Made Easy with Piktochart






The use of infographics as a teaching and learning tool is gaining more traction in academic circles in recent times. In a nutshell, infographs are visually appealing representations of information. For a sample, view the infograph about child mortality on the left. What makes the use of infographs so attractive to educators is that users are able to create informative, easy to understand visuals from comprehensive qualitative and/or quantitative data. Data can be depicted in a variety of ways including text, flowcharts, diagrams, graphs and so much more.  

Piktochart is an easy to use online infographic creation tool. Using its 'drag and drop' format, users can access a wide variety of thematic graphics - including text options, mood icons and graph types - from the Piktochart template. There are also many sharing options with Piktochart. These include: storing them as an image (jpeg or png), using social media sites or utilizing the search engine crawling feature.






Teach-nology:
(the pedagogical rationale for the use of technology in the classroom)  

Skill

Teach-nology

Systems Thinking

  • To analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce an overall effective presentation.

Make Judgments & Decisions

  • To effectively analyze, evaluate and reflect on evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs to create an informative and factual infographic.

Communication

  • To use a wide range of idea creation techniques (e.g. brainstorming).
  • To clearly communicate ideas using visual and textual mediums.


How to Get Started:

The Piktochart website has a comprehensive tutorial page that will get even the most novice user started in minutes! Click here to view the Piktochart tutorial page.

Sample Activities:

1. To help solve a mathematical problem, step by step instructions can be outlined in an infograph.

2. Grammatical principles such as word usage or sentence structure can be summarized using an infograph.

3. The statistical data about the wealth and distribution of a country can be visually interpreted using an infograph.

4. Factual information about the effects of prolonged drug use can be described in an infograph.

5. A historical timeline can be created outlining the key events of the Holocaust or of World War I or II. 



Piktochart is a fantastic resource to help students summarizes vast amounts of information in a visually engaging way.  Click here to get started!


This post originally appeared on The De-tech-tive 4 Teachers.

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