I’m here again! In this case I’ ve been working on a group work, so first of all I would like to introduce you my peers, without them this InfoEdugraphic wouldn’t have been possible. My
For this task we had to work in groups to create an InfoEduGraphic. The members ofcolleages are Cristina @cristinarisueno, Celia @celiagon92, Estrella @GMEstrellaa and Gonzalo @gonzaalo10. To do this we surfed the InfoEduGraphic Project Site to look for tips, instructions and ideas.
Since all our e-projects (Planets in the Solar System, The Hydrosphere, Environmental care, The Mysteries of the Earth and Landcaping) are connected with Social Science (planets, Earth, landscapes and so forth), we decided to make an infographic as an introductory tool for a common topic. Our main learning outcome is for our students to know about the planets of the Solar System, The Earth’s layers (Hydrosphere, Atmosphere and Geosphere) as well as environmental care.
Before going the task we assigned the roles:
– @GMEstrellaa was the coordinator. She had to direct and check that each member did his part of the job. She also encouraged us to keep working on the infographic.
– @celiagon92 was the speaker who is in charge of spr
eading the work and representing the team when it’s need.
– @gonzaalo10 was the supervisor and he was in charge of controlling the creation process and remembering each person’s task. They also had to take notes of everybody’s ideas.
Finally my colleague @cristinarisueno and I were the secretaries. We made and created the InfoEduGraphic using Piktochart and Thinglink.
To accomplish this task, we had to face two problems:
First of all, how to link all our e-projects’ contents: After thinking about it for a while, we decided to structure the infoedugraphic from the most abstract content (the space) to the most concrete one (landforms). That’s how it is structured in the national curriculum according to the different educational grades. This way, we could include all our Social Science curricular contents in a structured and well-organized way. In order to motivate them, we added a badge that they could get once they finished the learning process.
Secondly, we thought about how to adapt the contents to the different school’s levels: this challenge was harder to face but finally we thought of making an interactive InfoEduGraphic. What does this mean? We did not only an infographic (which is an image) but also an interactive image. By doing this, we foster an active learning and allow students of different grades to access to different activities of different difficulty according to the content. Throughout this project pupils will have a more active role whereas the teacher will act as a guide. Inductive learning is also part of the learning process that we wager.
Thirdly, for creating our product we decided to use the tool Piktochart due to the fact that some members of our group had already used it and they said that it could fit the purpose of the project perfectly. It gives you the possibility to create infographics, posters, presentations or reports depending on what we need. The one we chose is an infographic as it is divided into different blocks which were suitable for each difficulty level. The quality of the pictures and icons that the tool offers is quite high and very attractive, exactly what we were looking for: to captivate students’ attention. Finally, we would like to highlight that Picktochart would be perfect if it offered the possibility of making those graphics interactives (pictures with movements, sounds, to link to other webpages and so on) instead of being just an image.
Once we had our infographic finished we went to make it interactive to promote and active learning and to increase pupils’ motivation. We did this part of the project using the online tool Thing Link. With this tool you can make an interactive image by putting links in small spots inside your picture. Therefore, we included a video to expand knowledge, interactive activities to review each content and an Arts and Crafts activity about environmental care.
As you can imagine, this tool is incredibly useful to create your own CLIL materials because, by linking resources, you can work the 4Cs. However, we think this tool would be nicer if it offered a wider variety of forms to insert the links, not only spots.
Finally, we can conclude that Infographics have a lot of uses in our classrooms. They can be used to introduce content, to review vocabulary, to explain the steps of a process or activity, to help children with special educational needs. Infographics present information in a neat and visual way that can clarify students’ doubts. Moreover, students can also create their own infographics to learn about content and ICT skills.
Our final artifact is this amazing interactive InfoEduGraphic to introduce and learn about different contents regarding our planet. Click on the spots to see the activities.
WE HOPE YOU ENJOY IT!
Here is the structure of our Infographic, if you want to interact and gain this awesome badge.. Go to the link! https://www.thinglink.com/scene/773107172895621120
After all this work, we have reiceived a bagdge from InfoEDUgrafías Proyecto (@infoedugrafias). Thanks a lot!