Piktochart: Easy-to-Use Infographic Maker
Type of Technology: Website (Piktochart)
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: Upper Elementary, Secondary
Subject area: All
Description of the lesson taught: Take your visual communication to the next level, without hiring a professional designer! Ditch the old slide presentation or poster project and create an infographic instead!
- Create an account (it’s free!)
- Select Infographic which will bring up different templates below. The free templates are not that great for most projects. I recommend creating your own Infographic or from scratch.
- Scroll down and select “Create Your Own Infographic.” The Infographic is organized in blocks. I would delete the text boxes that are on the Infographic so that you are truly starting with a blank canvas. Next, I would give your Infographic a title so that it can be saved. The design tools that you can use are on the left. They include:
Graphics: (Shapes & Lines, Icons (graphics), Photos, and Photo Frame (which are graphics that you can add your own photo to).
Uploads: you can upload your own images.
Background: you can choose from many different backgrounds provided by Piktochart; you have the option to change the color and transparency of the background.
Text: you can choose from different style text boxes and editable text frames. Text frames are the tool that really makes the Infographic look like an Infographic. All text can be edited by size, color, font, and transparency.
Tools: you can create charts, maps, and videos.
I worked with several teachers from different departments to create infographics using Piktochart. Students created infographics on the Samurai in a 7th grade social studies class, Bill of Rights and Anne Frank in 8th grade social studies classes, and dinosaurs in a 7th grade science class. I think you could use infographics in any grade where students are doing a research project. It is a great alternative to a slide presentation! See below for student examples!