Your students will be making infographics in a snap!

Submitted 7 years ago
My Rating

My Take

I would not recommend this for particularly younger children - having used it reasonably successfully at the higher end of primary school it may work as low as Y4 but only then if you have really specific information you want to impart. With over 300 free templates there is bound to be enough to keep your class going, and used as a poster creation tool it has creative possibilities galore. The end result you can produce is a lot more polished and professional than anything you can make in Powerpoint or Word - many teachers' go-to even in 2016 for such tasks. Piktochart is worth a look - your poster for the next bake-sale doesn't need to be curved rainbow Word-Art, although if you're reading these reviews you probably knew that anyway!

How I Use It

I used this with a group of Y6 pupils to present their findings on how they use technology - number of devices in the household, minutes online per day, that kind of thing. The project involved a fair amount of statistics and graphs - potentially a bit much for some pupils, but all were able to use the intuitive Piktochart interface to come up with reasonable-looking infographics. They used some of the free default templates instead of starting with a blank screen and it was easy for them to log in with the Google Account single sign-on feature. One issue to be aware of is that sometimes you can't see the extent of the whole infographic on the screen without scrolling - sometimes children would therefore end up with a 'top-heavy' design as the bottom of the page was sometimes neglected out of view! Also there are many ways a student can get distracted with a myriad of text choices, graphics options, backgrounds etc. Sometimes less is more when it comes to staying focused on the task in hand!