Over the last “decades a revolution has taken place in the area of communication”: a revolution that has “dislodged written language from its centrality which it has held […] in public communication.” Gunther Kress observes that in this foundational shift towards more diverse modes of communication, visual media have gained most prominently in “many areas of public communication.” Despite this prominence, Kress agued already in 2000 that “the implications of this shift have not in any sense begun to be drawn out or assessed in any coherent, overt, fully conscious, and consistent way fashion” (Gunther Kress, “Multimodality,” in: Cope/Kalantzis (ed.), Multiliteracies: Literacy learning and the design of social futures, 2000, 179-200 [here: 179]). Today, university education in general and writing classes in particular still mostly focus on written texts as the main mode of communication. Therefore, this lesson plan seeks to encourage teachers to have their students acquire essential skills in a multimodal world of writing.
This lesson is to follow a first introduction to the basic digital skills working with Piktochart. Building on these skills, students will learn how to implement different media into Piktochart and how to critically reflect on using different media in their infographic.
More specifically, students will learn:
Piktochart; Google Speadsheets
Basic Piktochart skills
Access and Adaptability
To conduct this lesson during class time, it should be taught in a digital class room with computer access for all students. Ideally, students can share their final infographics with each other for peer-review via “Apple remote.”
After an initial reflection on the advantages and disadvantages of developing infographics with Piktochart, a DWRL YouTube tutorial shows students how to add media to Piktochart. After adding different media to their infographic, students will peer-review their infographics before submitting them for a grade.
In-Class or Assignment Instructions
This is a DWRL produced tutorial about how to add media to your infographic in Piktochart.
Grades can be given for 1. the students’ oral presentations and feedback in the classroom, 2. the final infographic handed in after all feedback, and 3. possibly the written peer-review by the students.