Today was my 4th snow day this month, and I was getting a little itchy. So I started reading an educational magazine and spotted a cool article about creating infographics to help demonstrate curriculum to our students. This is certainly common-core appropriate, since we are supposed to give our students access to multiple mediums of content.
But then I thought, actually, it should be the kids creating the infographics. This would be a worthwhile formative assessment where they have to synthesize information and figure how best to show it to their peers. They might enjoy a little variety from the usual posters and PowerPoints. Certainly History, Sociology, and Science classrooms would benefit from this. And I would think clever ELA teachers, like myself, could think of a use as well. So I made one about my snow days.
As you can see, I used piktochart.com. There are many other infographic generators out there, but this is the one I selected at random.
In order to give you an idea of time required for classroom activities: it took me 45 minutes to create this. That includes registering and skimming the options. I chose the blank template because it would take more time starting from scratch. Also, I had no idea what information I would put on the graphic until I started playing around. Then I actually chose images and backgrounds and created the charts. All that was 45 minutes.
Therefore, I would assume a small group who has already gathered their information could easily create one of these within one class period. Research and presentations would take additional time.
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