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Digital Storytelling and Infographics Tools: 25 Creative Classroom Uses!

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Sunday, November 29, 12:30–1:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Rachelle Dene Poth  
These tools for creating infographics offer more than just a way to display information. Educators can use them to teach lessons, flip a classroom and promote visual learning. Explore at least three tools and walk away with more than 25 new ideas for how to empower students as creators!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Piktochart, Canva, Adobe Spark, Buncee, additional ones depending on time, can be added day of session.
Topic: Innovative learning environments
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Finding the best ways to convey information, to provide opportunities for students to be creative, and to become more engaged in learning, can present challenges at times. We want to offer choices for students and to support students as they become the creators in the classroom. There are many ways that educators can use infographics to help students understand information in a more visual way, to represent data, facts and information, and to engage students more in learning using these different presentation styles. Teachers can use infographics as instructional tools to deliver the lesson both in class and by providing a blended or flipped learning environment, where students follow instructions on the infographic, which is complete with data, directions and active links and multimedia. Teachers can also create infographics to give students a starting point for new content or even to use for writing prompts, promoting student creativity and critical thinking skills. Infographics can be used to promote student-driven learning and increase student curiosity in learning through the use of images and other visualizations.
In this session you will learn to use several tools and styles (selected based on interest through survey) for creating infographics and the many options for creating with each of these tools. We will work through the types of formats available, how to create, the add-ins for each and some ideas for using them in the classroom. Walk away with at least 25 new ideas for using infographics for instruction in the classroom and for promoting student creativity, as well as many other tools which can be used for creating infographics. By attending, you will gather many new ideas from interacting with others in the session and brainstorming new ideas to implement. You will see that you do not have to be a designer to create very visually engaging infographics for use with students and for display in the classroom. Even better, infographics are a way for students to create authentic, meaningful artifacts of the learning and to have fun in the process. Use these tools for having students retell a story, make an advertisement, create a travel brochure, a self-description, demonstrate research and PBL information, or make signs for use in the classroom, which are authentic for students to create and show learning. Come to the session to learn where to start, how to help students and walk away with some infographics ready to display and many ideas of how to implement these in your classroom and in your practice right away.
Short introduction/discussion of “what is an infographic?” and “what are some styles of and uses for infographics?” followed by a brief overview of the tools to be used during the session.
We will share ideas on how infographics can be used as instructional tools to deliver the lesson both in class and by providing a blended or flipped learning environment, where students follow instructions on the infographic, which is complete with data, directions and active links and multimedia. The majority of the session will be spent looking at examples from the tools for creating, (Buncee, Piktochart, Canva) learning how to design different presentation styles, and look at student samples which show possibilities for creativity and the innovative transformations from the templates.

Supporting research
Creatıng Infographics Based on the Bridge21 Model for Team-based and Technology-mediated Learning
Pınar Nuhoğlu Kiba
Infographics as a Learning Tool in Higher Education: The Design Process and Perception of an Instructional Designer
Dalia M. Alyahya

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Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School

I am an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. I teach Spanish and STEAM Emerging Technology. I have a Juris Doctor degree & a Master’s in Instructional Technology. I am past-president of the ISTE TEN and on the Leadership team of MLN. I received the Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service. I am the author of ‘In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking,” “Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU” and “The Future is Now” “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World."

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