Website review by Stephanie Trautman, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2015

Venngage

Create impressive infographics with ease

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59%| Warning Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
7–12
Subjects & Skills
Arts, Communication & Collaboration, Creativity

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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.

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.

Overall Rating

Engagement

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

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

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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Stephanie Trautman Classroom teacher

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North Allegheny School District
Pittsburgh, United States
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 ...
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Data Safety
How safe is this product?
Unclear whether this product supports interactions between trusted users and/or students.
Personal information is displayed publicly.
User-created content is not filtered for personal information before being made publicly visible.
Data Rights
What rights do I have to the data?
Users can create or upload content.
Processes to access and review user data are available.
Processes to modify inaccurate data are available.
Ads & Tracking
Are there advertisements or tracking?
Data are not shared for third-party advertising and/or marketing.
Traditional or contextual advertisements are displayed.
Behavioral or targeted advertising is displayed.

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