At a recent conference, I attended workshops on Infographics. Infographics have many uses online, especially in social media. Using graphics to present concepts and ideas in an educational setting is second nature; now add the flair of an online tool for some very sophisticated visuals. Two tools I experimented with during my workshop were Easel.ly and Canva. In about two hours, I had built an infographic in each of the applications. Taking time to learn on my own is often difficult. I appreciate focused learning at workshops such as these. Here is a brief description of each tool.
This tool is free and easy to use. That fits right in with the bud
get of a teacher…the financial budget and the time budget! Easel.ly can be used to create graphics that a teacher can use to create visuals for printed items such as classroom posters or worksheets and it works great to make interesting online content.
Teachers can also ask students to use Easel.ly to create a poster project or online posts for their own assignment or websites. Templates are available or the user can start fresh with a design of their own. This allows for creativity that can enrich and personalize learning for a student. The following example (no laughing) shows the evolution of keyboarding. My first creation chronicled keyboarding.
Each “bit” of information on the infographic is editable. All of the red and black shapes were modified as well as the dates on the signs. Once a project is finished, there are several options for saving and easy links to social media sites. A quick review by me: the application was very easy to use. No complaints for the price. I
From the start, I felt like Canva offered a more professional look than Ease
l.ly. Canva is also free to use with limitations on choices, but still enough to get going and create a nice infographic. Canva uses a drag-and-drop design method like many design programs. The simplicity over full programs like Photoshop is welcomed for design beginners like me. My first creation in Canva was a graphic about the National Business Education Association.
I started with a template and made changes to the text, icons, and colors to create a graphic that was formatted for Pinterest. Students in my business information systems classes will be learning about infographics in the near future and I will be using Canva for their lessons.
A quick review by Leesa: I was pleased with the simplicity of this application and I plan to use it as I move forward with my blog.
I look forward to discussion about other graphic tools that are good for education and educators. What tools do you use for infographics?