How I Use It
My high school students worked in a group to create an infographic about the novel The Great Gatsby. They needed to read and understand the novel, analyze what themes and motifs were important, create surveys, then categorize and manipulate the information visually. I want them to delve deeper into the literature, create online surveys and discussions, collect information, analyze it, synthesize it with the literature and present the information in a way that demonstrates their analysis.
An infographic is a great way to visually show what the information is doing in the mind, allowing the students' understanding of the data and their analysis to be comprehensible to all.
Infographics are everywhere! I wanted students to think about their data in different and creative ways and then present that data to the class (but I didn't want to use traditional presentation methods). What I really loved is that students used this tool as a way to synthesize their learning. Piktochart was easy to use (for my high schoolers) and they loved that they could choose their colors and layout. Their presentations looked really professional, which gave them a sense that their thinking and work had a larger scope. They shared their finished products with the class and posted them on their MyBigCampus blog. I like that the finished product could be made into a PDF, a website, be launched in presentation mode or be embedded in html code.