Piktochart is a cloud-based infographic application that allows users to use various templates to create infographics, presentations, reports for many purposes. Piktochart is unique from other applications because it creates content that is web-publisher ready and can stand alone as a part of multimedia content. It is intuitive, produces fast templates, and can personalize content and designs as needed. All projects are stored in an online library which also affords real-time collaboration to streamline the workflow and reach desired objectives.
Justification for Using this Tool
One of the most crucial aspects of Piktochart is its ability to embed the multimedia principle. It allows users to showcase their learning by using pictures to support the text which is in accordance with the multimedia principle. People learn better from words and pictures than from words alone and benefit all types of learners (Fletcher & Tobias, 2005). The foundation of Piktochart is to use images, graphics, and designs to communicate meaningful information with intended audiences. Moreover, most of the templates provided by Piktochart contain the option to include both words and graphics and helps viewers engage in active learning (Clark & Mayer, 2011).
Piktochart supports the collaborative learning approach as it encourages learners to share information and collaborate with others to share resources and information. It is a learning environment that provides information and allows opinion sharing between team members to make rich connections when co– creating content (Kearney, Schuck, Burden, & Aubusson, 2012).
Strategies for Use
Strategy 1 – Creating Infographics
Piktochart can be used to create infographics for elementary, middle, and high school students to showcase their understanding of activity or learning material.
Strategy 2 – Team Template
Piktochart is a way for individuals to collaborate with each other to share ideas and perspectives. It also contains a blog and video tutorials for different templates.
This blog post provides a detailed breakdown of how to create an infographic with Piktochart using the various functions that are offered.
Resource 2 – Piktochart Tutorials
This web page contains video tutorials that are easy to follow when creating infographics, publishing infographics, designing templates, presentations depending on user preference.
Resource 3 – Piktochart Applications and Learning Activities
This blog post includes a brief overview of how the SAMR model of learning can be adapted by Piktochart in the classroom.
Clark, R. C., & Mayer, R. E. (2011). Applying the Multimedia Principle. In E-Learning and the science of instruction: proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning (pp. 67–88). San Francisco: Pfeiffer.
Fletcher, J. D., & Tobias, S. (2005). The Multimedia Principle. In R. E. Mayer (Ed.), The Cambridge handbook of multimedia learning (p. 117–133). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511816819.008
Kearney, M., Schuck, S., Burden, K., & Aubusson, P. (2012). Viewing mobile learning from a pedagogical perspective. Research in Learning Technology, 20(1), 14406. doi: 10.3402/rlt.v20i0.14406