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Hello, educators. This is Aaron Quigley, and welcome to another week of teacher tips. This week we're going to explore an online infographic creator called Piktochart. You can access Piktochart in your web browser by going to piktochart.com, and setting up an account takes only a few minutes. Before we dive into how to use Piktochart let's look at why Piktochart is such a great resource for educators. This program allows you to visually represent ideas by creating infographics using a drag and drop editor. What that means is that you don't need to be a graphic artist to create professional-looking infographics.
You can simply start with a template and then add your own content. If you have visual learners in your classroom, building class content into an infographic is a great way to help students make connections to the ideas that you're teaching. But, an even better idea is to have students log on themselves And build their own infographics. Using piktocharts in the classroom can be a great tool to increase student creativity. Students have an opportunity to visually represent their learning. It's also great for differentiated instruction. If you have ESL students or students that struggle with writing, having some students represent their learning in a visual way.
Can help students showcase all the knowledge they're gaining inside your classroom. And you can have the entire class create a Piktochart as a visual assessment of a learning objective or a summary of a project they've worked on. Let's go ahead and get started by exploring the Piktochart layout. I've already created an account, and I'm going to go ahead an log in by clicking the login button in the upper right-hand corner. I'll use my username and password. And I'm now logged into the main part of Piktochart. Now from the main screen of Piktochart, the way we get started is we simply choose a template. The template is just place holders. It's graphics and texts that have been put together by professional graphic designers that we can then go through and manipulate to add our own content to.
Every single thing you see on one of these templates is editable. For example, any of these templates on the screen I would have the ability to change the background colors. I could change the graphics or the texts themselves. I could even change the order in which certain blocks appear on these infographics. As I scroll down the page, I notice that a variety of themes are available for use directly inside of the free account that comes in pictograph. Eventually I get to a sections says upgrade now to use more themes. And if you continue to scroll, you'll see there's a variety of themes that are available only to Pro members. You can get information about upgrading to Pro by clicking the upgrade now button.
Now educators, if you decide that Piktochart is the right solution for your classroom and you decide to upgrade to Pro, please don't just go ahead and click on get it now, make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page where there's information for educators. As educators you get a serious discount for this particular software, while the regular license is $29 a month for $40 a year you can get access to this for your classroom. Now for $40 you the educator will have access to pick their chart. If you have students that would also like to have access to the additional themes, each students can choose to pay the $40 and get access to the entire library or themes.
However my own experience, I have noticed that most students can find something from the free themes that will work for their learning or they can always start with a blank canvas and build from the ground up. Now, once you're ready to start making your first infographic, all you have to do is find the theme that you'd like to use and go ahead and click Pick Theme. In the next video, we'll dive deeper into the use of Picktochart and talk about how we can start with a theme, add our own content and eventually export a professional looking infographic.
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