WARNING! May contain Graphic Content

I used Piktochart to create my infographic and I was surprised with just how easy it was to use. I really wanted this to be meaningful but I struggled at first with who my audience was going to be and what I wanted to share with them. Each year students from Grade 2 and up take the NWEA MAP test in reading, language usage, and maths. As a school we do not teach to these tests nor is there pressure put on teachers or students to achieve highly. To be honest, many teachers (myself included) often ask why the students take these tests when the overwhelming opinion is that we do not use the data.

I decided to try and make the data mean something, or at the very least put it to some use.

When I was designing my infographic I really wanted to give as much information as I could that could be viewed at a glance. I took data from our recent MAP tests and wanted to show each grade level the areas that the largest percentage of students struggled with.  I felt that by limiting the information teachers were looking at they wouldn’t feel overwhelmed, and instead might actually use this as a tool.

I found that Design Secrets Revealed (Keri-Lee Beasley) was really useful as a starting point. One part that really resonated with me was the importance of inclusing repetition. The colors I chose to illustrate each bar are the same as those used in the MAP reports so that if teachers wanted to cross reference the infographic or dig deeper into data then my hope was to build familiarity.

Asking for feedback

I finally asked a coworker for feedback yesterday. We have been asked to do a presentation on the NWEA test for parents in a couple of weeks and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to show my infographic. My coworker’s response was positive although in our discussion we decided to delay using it with teachers just yet. We are going to use the data from May’s NWEA test in order to help teachers identify the areas of their curriculum that may need developing for the 2021 school year. We have had a lot of changes this year in both Upper and Lower School and we don’t want teachers to feel as though they are having yet another thing forced upon them.

 

 

2 Replies to “WARNING! May contain Graphic Content”

  1. Hi Simon,

    Your infographic looks colorful and well organized.

    Like teachers at your school, I also don’t really know how to use MAP data to guide instruction. I think you and your colleague made a thoughtful decision to hold off on discussing MAP data with teachers until later, I’m sure they would appreciate that.

    Recently, I have explored the MAP website and they have added more visual graphics and metrics that should be easier for teachers to know what data they are looking at and where each student is at regarding standards. I like the new look! It definitely helps me in understanding the data better!

    Thanks for sharing your infographic, your staff is lucky to have you.

  2. Hi Simon,

    First of all, I love your catchy title! As a librarian, I know that sometimes the title is what makes the reader picks up a book… or open a blog post in this case. So well done!

    I agree with you: Piktochart is surprisingly easy to use. I mean, for someone like me, not so tech-savvy nor “artistic”, who can come up with rather good results. I tested it too, as I never used it before. There even seems to have more options to discover: I could see ourselves getting inspired by some of their template choices to redesign or create infographics or posters with date or information we want to communicate to colleagues or students.
    One similar tool that I discovered last year is Canva, and I have now used it both for my job and for my personal use. Do you know it?

    I find that the infographic you produced is meeting the criteria of the genre: it is meaningful yet simple, illustrated, and colorful without distracting the reader from the data which is presented in a clear and organized way.
    You managed to present information that existed but wasn’t really used, and I am sorry that it won’t be used just yet, but at least your coworkers’ response was positive. It should encourage you to think of infographics as an efficient tool.

    Thanks for sharing the result and the process with us.

    Christel

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