Our Social Classroom
- Kimberly Carpenter
This week I have been focusing on some personal projects, and I stumbled upon an article written by Christopher Pappas at eLearning Industry entitled "List of Free Tools to Create Infographs for Your Learners". As promised, I have gone through this comprehensive list and found two great resources that have amazing potential for use in the classroom.
Piktochart is a user-friendly, web-based Infograph creator. (Infographs are those really cool posters/logos that display information and graphs that you always wished you knew how to create!)
1. Free - with limited designs, but they are still great
2. Drag and Drop - No coding experience necessary
3. No verification of Email address - so if emails get blocked, they are not necessary to use program
4. Embed or Link completed project to websites, emails, digital newsletters, or print out.
Simply, click on "Create for Free", enter your email and off you go. There will be about 10 designs that you can use for free.
Here is one that I created in about 30 minutes - my first try!! We all know that are students are faster than we are, but if you are using this in a lesson, you may want to allow for 15 minutes to teach the students how to use the site.
Have students create Infographics about your content. Put them in groups or have them work individually and then have them present to the class. They can quickly and easily publish this to their own personal blog or you can add it to you class blog if you have one - which you should definitely consider creating.
1. Math - Percentages, Fractions, Area, Multi-variable equations. Create visual definitions of concepts.
2. Science - Explain a Process, Create Definitions with images, Put a concept in context, Labeling
3. History - Use the Time line feature, Cause and Effect graphs, Statistics of Time Period
4. English - Character analysis, Comparing two sources, Definitions, Analyze features within text
These are just some quick ideas. Opportunities are endless.
Feel free to comment or shoot me any questions. Happy Learning.
I'd love to hear any great success stories!!
My name is Kimberly Carpenter and I was an 8th grade ELA teacher ..... now turned Edtech consultant. Above all else, I believe that I was meant to be in the classroom helping students realize their own passions.