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Making Infographs Using Piktochart

posted Oct 20, 2016, 5:40 AM by Christina DeBello   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 8:52 AM ]

Piktochart is an online tool (website and Chrome app) for creating infographics. Combining charts, graphs, text, and graphics, users can easily assemble and present information using the drag-and-drop interface. Although it's generally geared toward adults in the workplace creating business presentations, Piktochart clearly lends itself
to student use.

Students can learn concepts of grouping, graphing, and visually representing pieces of information here. While putting together an infographic, they will interpret info, then create a combination of text, images, and charts or graphs to share with others. Kids can easily integrate them into in-class reports or projects. Discovering what's visually appealing to their audience will improve students' awareness of how other people learn and will help them with future presentation endeavors.

Users choose a template, or theme, and then fill it with their own info. Using Piktochart's bank of icons, images, fonts, and other design tools, organizing and sharing information can be pretty fun. Icons and images are organized by subject, including education, entertainment, people, and shapes. Once completed, each template can be saved for future editing, and the finished pr
oduct can be exported as a PNG, JPEG, or PDF file. Unpaid users can work on up to five themes at a time.

Piktochart templates are set up to work well with all kinds of data, and students will be excited once they see their own research looking so slick and professional. The design is fantastic, with modern, charming icons and fonts, and it's not too difficult to make seriously high-quality infographics with Piktochart. That said, it's not totally intuitive, and the guidance offered can be confusing. But if they poke around enough, students will figure out how to use Piktochart for school projects, class presentations, and maybe even just for fun.

Last year, Ms. Atherton approached me looking for a way to share the students' Dream Vacation travel projects they completed in FCS. I took the projects, as well as the guidelines and explanations and created an infographic using Piktochart. We then posted a link on the school website for parents to access and view.

I personally found the app easy to use. I found a template I liked, modified to allow for all the sections I wanted to include, used many of the preloaded graphics from the existing back and even uploaded several others. Once the infographic was created Piktochart made it easy to save, share, and access from any device. But my favorite aspect is that the students can sign in and access the app with their school issued google account. This means they can work on their infographic from anywhere, anytime, on any device that has access to the internet.

Ways to use infographics in the classroom:
1. Get students to present a topic or an issue through an infographic.2. Encourage the students to create a timeline infographic. It’s a great way to remember important historical events.
3. Ask students to present the past, and present of a place using a map and other graphics4. Ask students to use an infographic to present a news article or even a book review

(Click image to access step-by-step instructions)