Mindful Research Projects

Today’s Contributor: Lydia Bothwell, science teacher at Phoenix Academy.

I recently tried Piktochart with my students to research elements on the periodic table. I’m a science teacher at an alternative campus. One of the last things on my students’ minds is science. However, they tried their best when they were given the opportunity to use Piktochart.

They went through and collected information from ptable.com on their chosen elements. I passed out a graphic organizer that helped make the information more streamlined. Then, when they gathered all their information and I approved it, they moved on to creating a digital presentation. The students all logged in under the same username and started creating their own projects. Some students just typed out their research project information and told me they were done, but most of them became deeply engrossed in creating their visual masterpieces. After the students that finished quickly saw how much variation they could have with Piktochart, they quickly changed their tune and wanted to learn how to use it as well.

Piktochart is very user friendly and gives students the ability to graphically design an infographic or a presentation. I included a simple rubric with the presentation or infographic to ensure students were creating meaningful research projects. One suggestion I offered was to type out all the content in the presentation first before spending time making it visually appealing. Otherwise, students would spend whole class periods trying to decide which font to choose in their presentations and make very little progress in their projects.

Piktochart worked wonderfully! The students admired other students’ work when all the projects were complete. Piktochart is a fun program that gives students and teachers more options for research project design, implementation, and creativity.

Below are pictures of student projects.

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