How I Use It
I used Piktochart in collaboration with a 6th grade social studies teacher who was tired of the old-school 'country report.' Students used text, apps (like Wolfram Alpha), and online reference sources (databases like CultureGrams) to collect interesting information about countries in Europe (using categories brainstormed as a class). They then used Piktochart (and were able to log in using their school Google ID--BONUS!!) to produce a graphic that was then shared with the classroom teacher and put into a presentation for all students to see. The create-your-own infographic interface (which is free) is pretty easy to use, but some formatting elements would be easier for older students. One of my favorite elements is the chart/table tool, which allows students to use data they've collected to create interesting graphical interpretations. The biggest challenge is that some teachers/students want the product to be something to print out--because this is a tool that lets users make the image as large (or small) as they need to, it's not going to always 'fit nicely" onto a piece of paper....so, sharing the infographic image via email with the teacher worked well for middle schoolers!
I love this tool! By forcing students to think about how to represent data and information, infographics are a great new way to create--the piles of "country projects" that used to sit around in classrooms waiting to be graded (and then probably discarded soon after) are no longer necessary!!!