miércoles, 13 de abril de 2016

The Earth's adventures interactive infographic

Hello everybody!

For this task we had to work in groups to create an InfoEdufoGraphic. The members of my group are: @lainez_ortega@cristinarisueno@celiagon92 and @gonzaalo10. To do this we surfed the InfoEdugraphic Project Site to look for tips, instructions and ideas. 
Since all our e-projects (LandscapingPlanets in the solar systemThe Hydrosphere and The mysteries of the Earth) are connected with Social Science (planets, Earth, landscapes and so forth), we decided to make an infographic as an introductory tool for a common topic. Our main learning outcome is for our students to know about the planets of the Solar System, The Earth`s layers (Hydrosphere and atmosphere) and landforms as well as environmental care.
First, we assigned the roles:
- @gonzaalo10 was the supervisor and he was in charge of controlling the creation process and remembering each person's task. They also had to take notes of everybody's ideas. 
- @lainez_ortega and @cristinarisueno were the secretaries. They made and create the InfoEduGraphic using Piktochart and Thinglink.
- @celiagon92 was the speaker. She spread our work by Twitter and blogging.
- Finally, I (@GMEstrellaa was the coordinator. I had to direct and check that each member did his part of the job. I also encouraged them to keep working on the infographic.
To accomplish this, we had to face two problems:
  1. How to link all our e-projects' contents: After thinking about it for a while, we decided to structure the infoedugraphic from the most asbtract content (the space) to the most concrete one (landforms). This way, we could include all our Social Science contents in a structured and well-organised way. In order to motivate the students, we added a badge that they could get once they finished the learning process.
  2. How to adapt the contents to the different school's levels: this challenge was harder to face but finally we though of making an interactive InfoEduGraphic. What does this mean? We did not only a infographic (which is an image) but also an interactive image. By doing this, we foster an active learning and allow students of different grades to access to different activities of different difficulty. The teacher could guide all this learning process to do the activities corresponding each course. 
How did we create our InfoEduGraphic?
We decided to use Piktochart due to the fact that some members of our group had already used it and they said that it could fit the purpose of the project perfectly well. It gives you the possibility to create infographics, posters, presentations or reports depending on what we need. The one we chose is an infographic as it is divided into different blocks which were suitable for each difficulty level. The quality of the pictures and icons that the tool offers is quite high and very attractive, exactly what we were looking for: to captivate students’ attention. Finally, we would like to highlight that Picktochart would be perfect if it offered the possibility of making those graphics interactives (pictures with movements, sounds, link to other webpages and so on) instead of being just an image. 
Once we had our infographic finished we went to make it interactive to promote active learning and to increase pupils' motivation. We did this part of the project using the online tool ThinglinkWith this tool you can make an interactive image by putting links in small spots inside your picture. Therefore, we included a video to expand knowledge, interactive activities to review each content and an Arts and Crafts activity about environmental care.
As you can imagine, this tool is inreadibly useful to create you own CLIL materials because, by linking resources, you can work the 4Cs. However, I think this tool would be nicer if they offered a wider variety of forms to insert the links, not only spots. 

Our final artifact is this amazing interactive InfoEduGraphic to introduce and learn different contents about our planet. Click on the spots to see the activities:

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