Review by Stephanie Trautman, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2015

Venngage

Create impressive infographics with ease

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity

Subjects
  • Arts
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
7-12
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Pros: Flexible templates and an easy-to-use interface let users make truly customized infographics.

Cons: Created for both business and education, but the education section needs more help features and suggestions.

Bottom Line: Surprisingly simple way for students to think critically and communicate ideas in an appealing, visual format, but could be a bit more edu-friendly with extra educator/student supports.

Teachers can use this as a tool to display information: Try passing an infographic out to parents at a back-to-school night and impress them all! Schools can also use this site to create flyers or promotional images for clubs, sports teams, and events. In the classroom, have students use Venngage to display or present information they've learned. Help students focus on principles of good design: They should use concise language, graphics, icons, and charts to tell their story. 

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Venngage is an online tool for creating infographics, reports, and data visualizations. First, users choose a template or color scheme, then they can add text, change fonts, and add widgets, charts, and icons (among many other features). Looking for inspiration? The "community" part of the site offers ideas from the latest published infographics from other site users. Users can save the infographic as an image or download it as a PDF. Users can also publish their image to the site and share it with other users via a URL, or share the project on a website or blog via an embed code.
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Venngage is highly engaging and fun, and its easy-to-use design features let students create sleek, detailed infographics. It’s a great way to get students to organize their thinking visually and impactfully, collate learning, and systematically communicate ideas. That being said, just having kids create a lot of infographics could get as stale as any other activity, so teachers should design assignments thoughtfully. This tool is geared toward the education world and toward business customers, so take some time to get a sense of which features suit the classroom and which are better left in the boardroom. The developers promise that more guidance for educator use is coming; keep an eye on the website for details in the months ahead.

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Overall Rating

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

Students will love designing and creating a professional-quality infographic that's all their own. It's also great that it's so easy to share creations on the Web.

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

Although students can learn a lot by creating and other users' projects model good design, there's no design-focused learning baked in, or help with assessment. Teachers should build in time for instruction and for feedback.

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

There's a blog for users to sort through, but no resources for educators (although the site mentions that resources are coming soon). It would be helpful for a portion of the site to help students understand best practices for graphic design.


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Dana O. , Other
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North Allegheny School District
Pittsburgh, PA
A Simple Way to Create Posters

The website is very well designed with a user-friendly interface and a lot of help resources. It is very simple to use and the students didn't have any complaints. However, you can only create 5 infographics for free and it does not seem like they are targeting the Education market like other sites. All of their Education features come with a cost, where other sites give you some Education features with the option to upgrade for more. Because students are forced to make their creations public on the web to share it, I would choose Canva over Venngage 9 times out of 10. The only reason I would go with Venngage would be for the ease of use with learning support students. But, I would not link their Google Account for sign in because of the public sharing which seems to pull in the user's name. Or, I would not have the student publish it and instead use the snipping tool to save their infographic. It would also be nice if there was a free sharing feature so that the students could work simultaneously through their own accounts instead of two students on one computer and one student's Venngage acount.

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