The power of an image

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All the time, I’m trying to improve my sessions with my students. I use videos, power points, group activities. But the content itself is boring. As a school librarian, every year I conduct several training sessions about academic honesty and academic writing as a part of the research process. Boring? Of course, I’m already bored just thinking about it! 

 Let’s unpack my sessions:

  • Audience: Teenagers between 14 – 18 years-old.
  • Duration: usually in the last period. (45 minutes)
  • Number of students: around 30 students.

Observations:

  1. Few students show interest.
  2. Too much information
  3. The groups are too big.
  4. One session is not enough.
  5. Find alternative ways.

Taking Action!

“Graphic design is always visualizing an idea and it’s definitely about drawing attention. It’s about informing distant reading but it’s also symbolizing something. Because like poetry, you have to get the essence of something”

Ingre Druckrey at ET Modern Edward Tufte

When I was going through the readings, I was thinking about the impact of the design, the power of the colors and the effects of the typography. How the selection of the colors will send a message to our readers, the structure of the design will cause and effect on the reader (the alignment, the use of the negative and more. I couldn’t access to Keri-Lee Beasly’s book because it was not available in Apple books’ India. But I discovered her blog and a post of 2014 in which she talks about Fonts. Beasly explains how fonts show the message that we want people to perceive. Many times, I only think about formal or informal, bold or not.  I didn’t go beyond… until now.

I chose Piktochart to design my infographic. It’s really easy to use, simple templates and beautiful color combinations. Before, I have used Canva for infographics and posters. As I mention before, Piktochart is my new favorite tool!

Q&A about  my Infographic

Purpose:

Inform students about the process to write an essay or report that includes in-text citations, referencing and a bibliography. 

Audience: 

Students 14-18 years-old.

How did this creation process differ from others?

An infographic requires abstraction and synthesis of ideas. Moreover, you require a deep knowledge of the content to summarize and choose the correct words to express the ideas in just a couple of lines. It’s challenging at the beginning because “less is more” but the results speak on their own.

 How did the purpose and intended audience impact the final product? 

The concept has been conceived for teenagers. And, keeping them in mind, I have chosen the colors (shades of blue). I want them to feel that they can trust in the library’s advice. As the research process is a challenge for most of the students, my goals were simplicity and clarity. I want them to feel comfortable. The Canva studio was one of my takeaways. Short videos, clarity and useful tips.  They blew my mind with possibilities and I could better understand how to begin with the conceptualization of an infographic.

If you used this infographic in a lesson, a presentation, or on your blog, how did others react to it?

I have conceived it for a presentation. I showed it to the coordinator, and they find it useful because of the clarity of the concepts. Also, it makes easy something challenging.

 How did it impact their understanding of the idea/data/concept?

It’s helping students to understand citation and in-text referencing on different writing styles. It’s guiding and encouraging students’ agency during the research process.

Next step?

Rethink ways to share information with my community. Make them visually attractive and simple. As it will help students to become independent 21str-century learners.

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