MODERN Tool Rating: 4/5
Category: Presentation and Animation Tool
MODERN Tool Rating: 4/5
Piktochart is an online tool for creating infographics. Combining charts, graphs, text, and graphics. Users can easily assemble and present information using the drag-and-drop interface.
3 Reasons to use Piktochart and Infographics in your courses:
- Piktochart’s use goes two ways. You, the educator, can use it in your own lesson plans and in-class presentations. You can also ask students to create their own infographics.
- Infographics have the power to make broad or complex ideas more distilled and simplified. Rather than sifting through large amounts of information, you can get all of the data, stats, and highlights you need in one colorful, creative, and engaging infographic.
- The grouping, organization and creation of infographics helps develop analytical and creative thinking. Learners will consider the concepts of grouping, graphing, and visually representing pieces of information. Discovering what’s visually appealing to their audience will improve learner’ awareness of how other people learn and will help them with future presentations.
Here are just a few of the possibilities with Piktochart:
- Explain complex task by offering a visual step-by-step task guide – you can include a picture that relates to each step, such as an image of a trainee removing a part from a piece of equipment when you are illustrating a repair process. This is particularly useful for learners who are less likely to remember text-based walkthroughs.
- Simplify complex concepts or ideas and distil information down to easily digestible pieces.
- Enhance knowledge retention and recall. Learners remember visually compelling charts, images, and other infographic elements much more effectively than text-based training content.
Interested in finding out more about Piktochart and how you can use it your class or lecture room? We have completed a pedagogic assessment of this tool which details its strengths and weaknesses based on its potential for innovative teaching strategies.
We collected and created some exemplar videos which include tutorials, case studies of educators using this tool and more. Click to watch and learn.
Step 1: Create an account
Go to www.piktochart.com and follow the steps to create an account. It takes maybe 30 seconds to sign up
Step 2: Pick a template
The first thing you see when you log into Piktochart is the Templates page. The templates are organised into 4 categories, these are: Infographic, Report, Poster, and Presentation– so look for one that inspires you (or one that goes with your topic). If you’re looking for a particular idea or theme (like “sports” or “history”), you can use the search bar.
Once you think you’ve found one you like, click “Preview” to take a look in more detail.
Step 3: Start Designing and Creating
Once you’ve picked a template, click “create” to load it. Once you arrive at the editor, you can edit text by double-clicking on an item.
- Use the colour and font selectors to make the text fit your style.
- Use the tools to visualize your data. There are options to create charts, graphs, and maps that can be customized to beautify your data.
Step 4: You’re done – Share Your Infographic
Once you’ve reached a point where you’re satisfied with your creation, you can download your work as an image, publish it online, share it via email, or share your infographic directly to social media.
Choosing the right type of infographic
- Timeline infographics are great for demonstrating the evolution of things (such as technologies, philosophies, and biographies).
- Instructional infographics are useful for breaking down the steps involved in completing a task.
- Comparison infographics place two concepts side by side and explain the differences (think capitalism vs. communism for example).