There was no doubt about it: my syllabus was in dire need of a makeover.
That is why I was so excited when my colleague @themrfron said that he was going to try to create an infographic syllabus for the IB Language and Literature course we teach together, sharing this example with me.
Inspired – and not to be outdone – I quickly decided that I would try to make one, too. I created a free Piktochart account for myself and began to take a look around. I knew I wanted a syllabus that would:
- help to generate excitement about the course
- inform students of what they could expect, both visually and verbally
- be easy to modify and update
- not take me a lot of time and effort to create
Using the template, I was able to quickly and easily plug in:
- the title of the course
- a brief course description
- the titles of our various units with images to match
- our intended learning outcomes
- the activities we had planned for the year
- our expectations of learners, and
- teacher contact details
Now that I know how it all works, I can’t wait to start exploring Piktochart’s more advanced features, and especially to begin using it with my students. 21st century literacy includes the ability to interpret and communicate using both words and images, and what better way to introduce young learners to this skill than through the creation of their own, beautiful infographics in response to the various texts, themes, and ideas that they will encounter in English 9 this year.