Course 3 Final Project

I’ve learned so much in course 3! I’ve been using presentations and infographics with my students, but this project gave me the opportunity to pay close attention to the visual elements of my slides and create my own infographic to accompany the slide show. Some of the slides are still word heavy, but I think it works because the slides are not used just as a presentation, but as a resource that helps flip the classroom.

Before:

The visual elements aren’t bad in the before version. The backgrounds are mostly the same, the font is fairly consistent and there are some fun graphics to get the students attention. Looking back through the slides, the ‘Just The Facts’ slide is a hot mess. Too wordy, the picture is in the wrong place, overall, it’s unappealing.

After

I decided to completely revamp the presentation style while keeping and improving most of the content. I love the theme, and I think my 4th graders will enjoy it too. It’s fun, but not too distracting. I paid close attention to contrast, alignment, repetition, and proximity as I went through the redesign phase and experienced how these elements are just as, if not more important than the words and images I chose to use. I really like the addition of the learning targets with the bullseye. I use them whenever introducing the learning objective, so the students know to look for them and what they mean.

It wasn’t easy cutting out some of the supporting examples from the original presentation. That was until I started playing around with Piktochart.com and created my own infographic to support my presentation. I can print this as a wall poster or as an addition to the students’ Writer’s Notebooks to reference as and when needed.

As I wrap up course 3, I am thinking about all of the ways I can incorporate these digital learning tools into my classroom. Creating my own infographics helped me to process what it really was that I wanted my students to learn and analyze how different elements can impact the message I am trying to convey. My next step is to teach my students how to create their own infographics to convey information they want to share. This is an idea that can be used across the curriculum to help students consolidate and share their own learning.

Jennifer Byrnes

My name is Jen and this is my 10th year as an educator. I am a fourth-grade teacher at the American School of the Hague. I have lived and worked in the US, Uk, Italy, China and the Netherlands. I have taught grades K-4.

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