Review by Amy Cox, Common Sense Education | Updated December 2014

Easel.ly

Think critically, share creatively with infographic-creation tool

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity

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Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
7-12
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Pros: Great templates and flexible features let students learn through visual and textual design.

Cons: The site's free version provides limited themes and images; teachers cannot easily supervise student progress.

Bottom Line: Even though the basic themes and images are limited, when prepared well, this tool can help students connect with content in a meaningful way.

Teachers should first explore Easel.ly's features and then thoughtfully create a project topic based on the available resources. Additionally, allot extra time initially for students to review the website's features and the options for creating their own work. Once students have gotten started, the time needed to complete this project will vary. These infographics could be used as a creative project to open up dialogue or as a summative assessment. 

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Easel.ly is an infographic creation tool that guides users to build visual and text representations of a concept or idea. Easel.ly provides some themes and many objects, but it is up to the user to search through these materials and organize them into a cohesive infographic. Fortunately, the website offers an option to share finalized products, so there are many public infographics to choose from for a template. The site is easy to navigate, and progress on a project can be saved for later. Infographics can also be saved to a group, which simply allows other users to quickly find and view the work.

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Easel.ly can be an engaging and effective tool for learning: Students interact with content in new ways by creating infographics and gaining more experience using technology. This site’s variety of resources and examples entices users and encourages creativity. Easel.ly is nicely open-ended, so it can be used for anything; it just requires thoughtful preparation. Completing an infographic is empowering to students and allows them to have more control over their learning, and the site's emphasis on visuals makes it accessible to students who might struggle with written language.

Overall, the site's flexibility is both its biggest strength and its greatest liability. Students can have meaningful experiences with the content they produce, but teachers need to prepare enough guidance for students so that they don't flounder.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Creating infographics gives students a creative written and visual opportunity to make meaning and personalize their learning.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

With good teacher guidance, this tool could help students collaborate and create graphics to help them understand content more thoroughly. Without built-in help or clear instructions, kids won't get far on their own.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Students can review instructional guides to improve their experience using this tool. Although there is no forum for students to receive feedback, the flexibility of this tool makes it very accessible for students with various needs.


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Leticia C. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Jefferson Elementary School
Fayetteville, AR
5th graders love it, too

I have used it to create an infographic and uploaded the image onto Thinglink for a professional development. I wish they would allow students to share their work to work simultaneously.

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