I created a Google Site to house my newly created infographic resume. You can access the site here. Below is the infographic I created using Vennagage, a website that offers free and paid infographic templates. Wanting to try something different besides Canva and Piktochart, I gave Vennagage chance. After looking through the different templates I decided to make mine from scratch. It was a bit of a learning curve but after some trial and error, I came away with a hyperlinked, interactive, “About Me infographic CV” that I’m quite pleased with. Have a look below!
Cools & Warms of Venngage
Here is a site that makes the comparison between Venngage and Canva. It shows that Canva is cheaper at 12 dollars compared Venngage 49. In addition, Venngage is rated higher with a score of 8.9 to Canva’s 9.4. The cost was a certainly a cool for me. In order to download my CV as a PDF or JPG, I must pay a minimum of 19 dollars for the first month. I thought about this for awhile but at the moment I’ve just decided to have it embedded on to my Google Site.
I also found that Vennagage was limited in the number of text styles, and images. The number of templates was not as large as Canva but there were some really interesting ones which looked different and more appealing. It was the CV and infographic templates that originally drew me into using their site. The only warms were also the slim features in their free plan and I’ve included them below.
I’m happy I tried something different but overall I think that Canva or Piktochart are much better websites for designs and infographics.
Google Sites = “An About Me Ecosystem”
By using Google Sites, I’m able to provide and house so much depth showcasing my professional career. The ability to embed various docs and slides and make my “About Me” more responsive and interactive is why I believe Google Sites is a perfect platform for job seekers. The G-Suite offers a Learning Center that teaches you how to create a Google Site from scratch. Check it out if you’re new to Google Sites and thinking about trying it out. My next step with this site is to create a page specifically for my upload my Youtube Channel. Stay Tuned!
Although I’m certainly not looking for work now, I’ll continue to maintain and improve my “About Me Ecosystem” for next time I enter the recruting season.
“Your message is only as good as your ability to share it.” These powerful words sum up a great video explaining the importance of infographics.
These days there are many ways to grab someone’s attention through infographics. Canva,vizualize.me & Piktochart, to name a few, are in my opinion some of the best ones out there. I’ve used them all in the past for various projects and presentations. Just three days ago, fellow Coetail’er Pana Asavavatana used Canva to quickly add some aesthetic appeal to the Twitter questions I created in preparation for our upcoming Digital Citizenship Twitter Chat on February 28th. Here’s a sneak peek & a shameless plug 🙂
Speaking of infographics and Coetail’ers I couldn’t help but think about the recently redesigned Coetail website which prominently features an awesome infographic documenting the Coetail Learning journey. I find the new website to be fun, engaging, and informative.
Sketching, Doodling & Synthesising Data
With all the sites, apps and tools out there now to help you collect and organize information. I’ve recently been made aware of the beauty of sketchnotes. Being a visual learner, I’ve found myself being drawn to sketch notes more and more. (no pun intended) The ones I’ve come across on Twitter lately have been quite engaging and I’m seriously considering giving it a go. Craighton Berman’s website, Sktechnotes 101, was a great jumping off point and inspired me to dig a little deeper. After a while down the rabbit hole, I found out there’s actually a World Sktechnote Day (Jan 11) & that sketchnoting is a creative, relaxing, AND efficient way to synthesize information. What I once thought was silly or a bit out of place, now seems like the perfect way to personally conceptualize data.
In the following TED Talk Doodlers, unite!, Sunni Brown discusses some other misconceptions about sketching and doodling as well as our inherited cultural bias towards them. Check out the video from Sunni or alternatively the Sketchnotes from @andymcnally, below.
Discuss Sktech Notes and TED using Sketch Notes….
Sketching notes helps us understand concepts.
When we make our thinking into images we synthesize our ideas
Visual Notetaking enhances memory and improves understanding.
Visual Notetaking and sketching exercises your brain by connecting verbal material to visual material
Infographics in Kindergarten
As I alluded to in my previous blog post, Unpacking Visual Literacy in Kindergarten, visual material plays a massive role in the development of my Kindergarten student’s vocabulary, conceptual thought, and imagination. It is the cornerstone of their comprehension.
Aside from picture books, the most popular items in my classroom are our “Learner Profile Badges”.
Inspired by the Olympics, I turned the LP images into medals (or badges as my students know them) as a way to introduce the language and visually represent the Learner Profile attributes. When a student sees another student embodying these attributes they will take the badge off the wall and hang it around the next of that student. Since it’s inception, they’ve really taken to it. The way they proudly wear the “Risk Taker badge” or “Thinker badge” around on the playground, you would think it’s actually a gold medal – to them, it is. Because of these images and the idea of passing them off as badges, my students have developed an understanding of the vocabulary and continue to make a strong commitment towards living out the learner profile.
Another Infographic that I use in my Kindergarten class is for self-management and it’s known in class as the Kelso’s Choice Wheel. Have a look!
Teaching children to reflect on their actions is an important yet challenging aspect of Kindergarten. Our Kelso Wheel acts as an intervention infographic that provides students with multiple choices allowing them to feel empowered to take their own action. A self-governing classroom of five-year-old students will certainly take time but as seen in the image below, my students often revisit the image throughout the year to work on working out their conflicts.
For more information on Kelso’s Choices, including other images, videos, and songs check out TES Teach here.
In this case, the two ways in which I use images to convey meaning help my Kindergarten students make informed choices to solve conflict and model positive behavior and attitudes inspired by the Learner Profile. Both the Learner Profile badges and Kelso’s Choice Wheel act as aids to connect the verbal to the visual. From foreign vocabulary to understandable concepts, both visual aids have allowed them to responsibility for their own actions.
Knowing that the Kelso Wheel and Learning Profile images are not your typical or classic infographics, I’m wondering what other types of infographics could you introduce to Kindergarten students?
What other ways could I incorporate infographics into a Kindergarten classroom?
Do you have a favorite website or app for creating infographics?