This weeks module was one of my favorites, but it was also one of the hardest ones for me to figure out. I can hardly work the basics of technology, so trying something new was fun. I decided to use Piktochart to create a digital poster and infographic. Because spring is my favorite season, I decided at first to create a poster that will hopefully add some humor to your lives. This poster is the featured image for this blog. It not only describes the weather we are seeing in the Midwest this spring, but it is also describing my life. It is full of inventiveness and confusion. My infographic focuses on my ILP like the prompt told us to do this week. I thought it would be fun to create an About Me page for the Guitar.
I found Piktochart hard to use at first. I decided to use one of the premade templates, and I could not find an easy way to change the format of the pre-made template to fit my style. However, with a little experimenting, I feel like I started to get the hang of using it. I did not watch the five minute tutorial on how to use Piktochart because I find it less frustrating to experiment with things before watching a tutorial that is longer than two minutes.
With a little trial and error and some more time, I feel like Piktochart would be a fun tool to use in the classroom. Instead of having students make paper posters, I believe they could easily find a way to make Piktograph work for them. I like to incorporate a day into my lesson plans that I have made for classes to have students summarize the information they have learned on a poster. I feel like giving the students a choice to use these online creation tools would be smart. Other than posters, I do not know how I would incorporate the use of these tools into my future science and math classrooms.
I did not experiment much with Canva or the comic book creation tools, but I think they would be fun to test. I also feel like students of all ages would love using these tools in the classroom. Maybe these tools will inspire me to find other ways to incorporate them into the classroom. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment below.