Sketchnote Workshop With Amanda Taylor

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Please join us for a Sketchnoting (visual note-taking) Workshop by Amanda Taylor who will be joining us via Google Hangouts! If you’d like to sketchnote on the iPad, download Paper by FiftyThree (free) and bring a stylist.  No iPad, no problem!  Just a pen/pencil and a piece of paper is all you need to sketchnote!  

Join us virtually at bit.ly/2gd2TyI on Monday or a later date!

Infographics for Teaching and Learning

This post includes the resources discussed at the Infographics for Teaching and Learning Workshop.

 

Integrating Infographics Blog Posts from Educators

Using Infographics for Teaching and Learning
Sarah Gretter describes the benefits of using infographics and tips for getting started.

Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content
Brett Vogelsinger shares the process he went through to integrate infographics in his class.  He share ideas he used for getting started, a nice template resource, and student samples.

A Primer On Infographics in The Classroom
Pamela Rossow shares the elements of an infographic and how infographics can be used to promote literacy.

Infographics as a Creative Assessment
Kathy Schrock share an abundance of Infographic resources.  A robust rubric can be found here as well as a full recorded presentation on Infographics.

Infographic Creation Tools

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Canva
Piktochart
FreePik

I personally like to use Keynote to create infographics.  Tutorial on how I do it will be coming soon.

Image and Icon Resources

Pixabay
Pixabay is my favorite free image resource because all the images are in Public Domain. When you search, skip the sponsored images and scroll down to the free images. Notice you can search by color, size, type, etc. similarly to Google Images.

Google Images
Use the search tools > usage rights > labeled for reuse.  I also like searching by color and type.

Icon Finder
This is a great source for icons.  The only bummer is the paid ones are really cute so one tends to gravitate to them, but this site has a nice bank of free icons to use.

DaFont.com
Because I use Keynote to create graphics, I like to use the icon fonts in dafont.com.  I keep a key of the fonts in a folder on my desktop to refer to.  I explain it in this video, but I will create one that demonstrates how I use it soon.

What are our favorite resources for creating visuals?

5 Ways to Geek Out This Summer!

nerd-304337_960_7201.  Read a teacher geek book 

Aaron Hogan put together an excellent list of 41 Books on Education. Two from the list I want to read this summer are Personalized PD and The Innovator’s Mindset.  Check out the list!  I can guarantee you there’s something for everyone!

 

2.  Join the Geeky Google Drive Level Up Challenge

This is not only a great way to learn about Google Drive, but a way to experience gamification as a learner and gain ideas for using it as part of your own instruction.  Challenge created by Alice Keeler.

 

 

3.  Be a Google Geek and get certified

I went through the Educator Level 1 and 2 certifications and I learned so much!  The trainings aren’t just about Google Tools, but technology integration strategies.  I highly suggest getting certified!

 

4.  Participate in a geeky twitter chat

Twitter chats are one of the best ways to engage in conversations with other like minded educators to exchange ideas, find new resources, and to learn!  Cybrary Man has curated a list of educational chats on twitter.  Check them out!

 

5.  Geek out with me this summer

Want to work together this summer on tech integration, flipping your classroom, project based learning, using code in the classroom, and so much more?  I’ll be here!  Use the link above to see available Geek Out sessions.  If the times don’t work for you, send me an email and we can work it out.