Review by Polly Conway, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2015

Piktochart

Add oomph to info with sleek infographic tool

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7-12 This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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Pros: Design quality is top-notch; kids can easily create professional-looking infographics with a few clicks.

Cons: Help can be hard to find, and the interface sometimes seems glitchy.

Bottom Line: Tech-savvy kids will immediately take to this well-designed, reasonably easy-to-use tool.

Piktochart's classroom use goes two ways. You, the educator, can use it in your own lesson plans and in-class presentations. Used well, it can really distill information into understandable chunks, and kids should respond well to its sleek design. On the other hand, you can ask students to create their own infographics. Science projects? Perfect for Piktochart. History students can teach their classmates the judicial branch structure or create a World War II timeline. Even English classes could use Piktochart to diagram a book's plot or character sketches. Students can work on the web or iPad.

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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.

Users choose a template, or theme, and then fill it with their own info. Using Piktochart's bank of icons, images, fonts, world maps, charts, 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 product can be exported as a PNG, JPEG, or PDF file.

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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.

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.

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Overall Rating
3

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
4

Choose from beautifully designed icons and text options, and it's pretty easy to complete a chart that looks professional. Kids who love organizing will be fully engaged here.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
3

On the surface, it may seem like you're just dragging and dropping pretty graphics. But the grouping and organization of info is a skill that requires analytical thinking and will help with future projects.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
3

Video tutorials are available for each step of the process, and they're very detailed. But it's still difficult to figure out a simple task like adding text. Kids can save up to five infographics with the free program.


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Polly Conway Classroom teacher