Infographic courtesy of Easel.ly
Ever since then, I have reassessed the way I communicate important information to parents, making things simpler, less cluttered and less wordy. Last year, at Back To School Night I went with an information packet in the form of a double-sided, 3 column brochure. This was much easier for parents to read and understand. This year, I'm thinking of branching out even more and putting my classroom information in the form of an infographic. I have little experience with graphic design and no experience with programs like Photoshop but will that stop me? No. Because I have found a site called Easel.ly that allows you to create infographics, well...easily. And the best tip about creating infographics I've come across is to plan out ahead of time which information you want to display. For me, this is important weekly dates like spelling tests or when homework is due. I'm also including a month-by-month timeline of general curriculum topics, e-mail and class website links, a quote about my educational philosophy, dress code options, etc.
The more I work with Easel.ly, the more I'm seeing how easy it is and thinking of the possibilities for student use. Utah history infographic? The steps for dividing multi-digit numbers? The timeline of Sleepy Hollow?
Have you used infographics yet? I want to hear how you use them and what I should know as I jump into this technology adventure!