Why not have your kids answer questions with an infographic? Many people associate infographics to data and mathematically thinking, but infographics can be used for anything. Google defines infographic as “a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data.”
Lets consider these two Eighth Grade Social Studies standards:
- Describe the country’s physical landscapes, political divisions, and territorial expansion during the terms of the first four presidents. (California State Standard 8.4.1)
- Outline the major treaties with American Indian nations during the administrations of the first four presidents and the varying outcomes of those treaties. (California State Standard 8.5.3)
Each star represents something different, we can call them my “markers” for now. White tells you who the picture is of, red tells you when they were President. Blue could provide a link to a Google Doc where I answer some of those questions above. Which as you can tell, I didn’t really do. My goal is to just show WHAT can be done. Students can find pictures of landscape from that time and create a “marker” that will send you to that link.
Here is my workflow
- Create a new Google Drawing. Google Drawing only works with chromebooks, laptops, and desktops – those still exist, right?
- Find pictures of the first four presidents via Google Images. You can do this right from Google Drawing! Select “Insert” and then “Search” the images that will pull images that are labeled as “for commercial reuse with modification” which is pretty specific. This copyright means you can’t make money off of it, and you can alter the photo. If you pull images from Google Images you can narrow down the search to just “labeled for reuse” – Check out our blog post here on how to do that!
- Create a collage using those images
- Start creating your markers. These will provide the viewer more information. Viewers will be able to click on various markers for pieces of information, rather than just reading a full length essay. Within Google Drawing you have many options for shapes, which will become your “markers.” Once students choose which shape they want to use as their markers – I went with stars – they can highlight one marker and either leave comments or link to outside sources.
For turn in purposes I always suggest a Google Form! Click here to read our past blog post about this.
Stay tuned for our blog post next week where we can show you how to do this on iPads!