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.