These fun, mostly free tools can help educators easily create their own Infographics, and bring a very modern twist to instruction.
“A picture is worth thousand words”. That is what infographics do. They convey a wealth of information in a largely graphical format. They can help communicate visually even the most complex concepts in a simple and lucid way. They can be a great educational resource. Have you ever considered creating one for a course you teach?
Here are 5 powerful tools that can help you create infographics.
Piktochart is basically a WYSIWYG web-based tool, meaning that you can create your infographics simply by dragging and dropping shapes and pictures. Piktochart comes with 6 free themes and all are decent for most common uses. If you choose to go for the professional version of Piktochart you will also get access to more themes and greater control over customization. For just $8/day, you can use Piktochart’s Pro functionality for a limited duration at a very low cost. Some level of customization is also available in the free version, however, the free version will contain a watermark. You can save these infographics as PNG or JPG file as you choose.
Easelly is well suited to those who would like to create a pictorial image of concepts, and for storytelling. It is in its beta stage as of now and is a web-based tool. You will like the friendly interface and the large number of themes. You can create maps, process flows, and more. There are many icons, animals and other objects that you can use intuitively to create your infographics effectively. More than 141, 000 visuals have been created using this tool to date.
Infogr.am is ideal for creating simple infographics. This is also web based so there isn’t anything that users need to download and install. You can create graphs in Infogr.am using real data. Options and choices for charts are many, including scatter charts, radial bar charts, map charts, bubble charts, and more. Another advantage with Infogr.am is you can embed these infographics in a web page. You will however not be able to download the creations to your local computer.
If Venn diagrams are important to your organization and website, then you will find Visual.ly quite useful. If you use social media extensively for marketing your company’s products, you will doubly benefit, because they integrate so well with Twitter and Facebook data. Creating Venn diagrams in Visual.ly is real fun. It has a very friendly interface, though you will not be able to customize anything here. It is plain and simple but utility oriented. There are many visualizations that will help you “tell your story with data”.
To use Tableau you will have to download their software. “Tableau Public is a free data storytelling application. Create and share interactive charts and graphs, stunning maps, live dashboards and fun applications in minutes, then publish anywhere on the web.” Tableau can be a fun tool that can help with the creation of infographics.
I hope these tools will enable you to create some excellent Infographics!