I’ve recently integrated infographics and digital design templates to my Social Studies and English classrooms and want to share two worthy resources for teachers of any discipline. As I tell students, my goal is two-fold. First, I want to coordinate a contemporary use of technology with genuine learning. Second, I want to expose students to resources that may support long-term flourishing. Here are two online resources (with free access) that may prove useful:
A fellow teacher-leader and blogger Scott Cleary, who wrote a recent blog about his Infographic Syllabus, introduced me to this resource, which I’ve used in my Social Studies curriculum. Almost every history textbook is organized in a similar way: chronological segments divvied up into three or four chapters each with four to six sections. Each section usually contains key ideas/terms and people, and includes a map, graph, images, and primary source excerpts–a perfect layout for creating an infographic for student collaboration. I’m attaching Google Docs that explain ‘how to’ details for getting started and the content I use with my students (Infographic Sign Up; Infographic Assignment). Here is how one infographic opens:
In my English classes I’ve struggled to develop an authentic book report template that goes beyond the traditional summary. The time I can spend assessing reading comprehension for literature outside of required curriculum is limited. The need for a teacher-friendly, student-rich evaluation was necessary. I’ve utilized Accelerated Reading (AR) and Scholastic Reading (SRI) as options for my students. My primary goal for student outside readings is for students to find and fall in love with reading. I don’t want to confine students to books only on these AR or SRI lists. When exploring other options for book reports, I discovered Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything. This site provides extensive links to online content for use in the classroom. Here, I learned about Canva and created a book report with a brochure template. I have attached the getting started ‘how-to’, which includes content and format for what I call Outside Reading Requirements. I’m encouraged to see the finished products students will soon complete. I’ll update this blog when I assess the first turn ins.
Consider exploring and integrating these digital resources in your classroom.