goodbye report card, hello Learning Infographic

Let's leverage the power of images and purposeful graphics to capture AND inspire a conversation on learning rather than a talk about grades

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Report cards, progress reports and even student narratives are so text based. Visuals are so powerful at inspiring authentic conversations. The idea is to use an infographic to create a snapshot of progress as well as celebrate failures. Visuals and Charts tell a story about this student. What parent doesn't want to hear a story about their child? The colors, size and fonts all communicate meaning and they're appealing to the eye. The idea of chunking also allows points of the conversation where both parent and teacher can take breaks to share anecdotes, whereas traditional report cards take a parent from start to finish without any chance in the middle to pause. 

Special shout out to coaches +new friends at teachers guild for the in-person brainstorm session at d*school #funonatuesday #sawdavidkelley


Link to the padlet---contribute your ideas and make this idea grow! https://padlet.com/wall/1mj1tgjkaq6d

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One more resource for those interested:
Reimagining the Report Card
https://www.reimagine-education.com/agenda-2/?agendaPath=session/33099

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Just found this Medium article. A year later and this work on re-imaginging the report card still appears relevant :Article: Dear Report Cards, You Suck. By Abe Moore https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/dear-report-cards-you-suck-5e440f28d47e

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It's been exciting to see Piktochart graphs applied in creative ways! There's so much about the student's learning infographic that make it a more inviting read than a report card (d)read - the story being told reminds me of how my daughter's current preschool evaluations (!) are being done. Recently, we've been doing some work around student-led conferences in 9th grade and I can easily see a tool like this empowering a student to take stock in their learning journey (the process! the successes! the failures! the attempts!) that paints a picture in a way that a report card certainly does not. Thanks for the inspiration here :-)

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Sorry late reply on this. Christina, I'd love to follow up with you and learn more about this work you're doing. Are you documenting or sharing your process in any way? Perhaps we can set up a google hangout in the future?

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This is fantastic idea Jennifer Gaspar- Santos !
I am wondering if Piktochart can create special menu for teachers to just enter student progress and magically turn it with beautiful infographic. 

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Sorry for the late reply Steven! Thanks for the awesome feedback. I'll go ahead and pass this on to Piktochart. They are wonderful collaborators and the designer really listened to the needs of teachers. Great feedback!  I know that the template is easy to edit --and I believe there are charts that you can also embed in the infographic, but a system that transforms the data would be awesome!

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This is a fabulous idea.  It might not be a full replacement for a report card but would be fantastic to use sporadically throughout the term as kids meet learning targets and you want to celebrate.  I would need some templates for teachers so that everyone is sending the same thing home...worry about consistency from a parent lens as well as time spent for teachers, particularly the non-techy type.  I do love the idea though...really looking forward to seeing how it develops.

Jackie

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Thanks Jackie. I'm excited to push this work further. If you have time, I'd love to get your feedback. https://docs.google.com/a/siprep.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWMpHlUsBaGI7z8GcBmn4ERidgxEsUcVwDFk3v66Q4jCsnrA/viewform 


And yes to the idea of templates--I'm all about making sure the workflow is manageable for teachers and is consistent for teachers in the institution. 

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Jennifer, this is an absolute awesome idea and video. As a designer, communicating through images and sketches is something that I do often. It creates a better understanding between both parties of what is being discussed. Discussion through graphics and visuals might become more meaningful and more in depth in conferences as more questions might be prompted and teachers have something to point to in order to go through a student's journey. I enjoyed that you also thought through the implementation as well. Having some starter templates and building a community through sharing templates that others have used is a great way to develop what works best for the teacher. Perhaps the infographics could be used in other areas of the classroom as well, not just in parent/teacher conferences! As you mention in your description, we associate more with graphics than text. Telling a story through graphics perhaps is more memorable and "stickier" than lecture based learning. Congratulations on this awesome idea! 

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Thanks Kate! Yes, I definitely see infographics used in the classroom --- the other day I heard about a high school Econ teacher that designed a project where his students took data and presented it using an infographic to persuade the viewer in a particular direction---I loved this idea! Or what if a history teacher used infographics to teach about political propaganda.   I also see ways for students to develop an eye for visual "junk" -- just as they critically analyze text and media, how can we teach them to be critical about images, especially when they're so exposed to tons of images with social media. Thanks for chiming in! I'll find you on twitter and follow you!

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oh man -- love this idea of a noun project for teachers to pull visuals to help communicate even better. So cool! 

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Thanks Molly! If you choose to use it in your school, please let me know how it turns out. Or reach out to me, if you need ideas on workflow or tools to make this happen. I love seeing ideas in action! 

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Great idea. Some additional inspiration here: https://www.good.is/slideshows/vote-choose-the-best-redesign-the-report-card-entry

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Thanks Mark--hadn't seen this! I like the idea of the QR code! That's my favorite --- just might use that in my next iteration!

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I love this idea, informative, visual, creative. Here is a link to a graphic designer who's infographics are amazing, http://www.designboom.com/design/interview-with-graphic-designer-nicholas-felton-11-05-2014/

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Thanks for the link. I hadn't seen that. Have you seen this one:
http://info.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/350326/Studies-Confirm-the-Power-of-Visuals-in-eLearning

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As I've mentioned elsewhere, I am a huge digital portfolio fan.  An infographic would be a nice periodic summary.

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Thanks for the comment John!

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Let me know if you want to form a team!

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Love to be part of a team, although artistically and spatially challenged

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Plus can you shoot me a copy of the sample infographic file

Photo of Jennifer Gaspar- Santos
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Sure thing message me with your email and I can add you to the slack group we have set up.  We can collaborate over there. jsantos@siprep.org 

Photo of Charles Ellenbogen
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Really interesting. Any feedback from parents? Was any training required in terms of helping parents learn how to 'read' this information?

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Really nice idea.

I guess the main question that comes to mind is whether infographics can be created in a way that isn't costly - in time or money. Could teachers work from a standard template with ready visuals and colours to pick and choose from?

Look forward to seeing how this develops.

Ben

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Good question. I actually used a template for this example through piktochart. The hope is that the time that is spent---goes toward reflection on the student's learning rather than on the medium itself. That's a good point though---let's provide ready-to-go choices and visuals for teachers---and the choice of a blank template for teachers who dig that kind of creative/typography stuff. 

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This is a fantastic idea! I love the design and care that was put into this. I was also very curious about the time involved and how this could be streamlined to make it efficient for teachers. I'm wondering if we could make a few templates (via Google Docs) and use merge tags to add individualized information for each student. I know that I'm happy to tinker with the forms that I give parents at our conferences (I call them Assessment Webs) but I want to be mindful of teachers that see a larger volume of students each day.

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Yes on the idea of templates--I used Piktochart for this infographic. The program lets you upload images, so I envision teachers taking screenshots of  graphics or having a library of graphics (like a rubric set up) so they can add categories of data. Teachers can also change fonts and text ---so teachers who want to add something specific can choose to do so if they want. Good idea on being sensitive to teacher's time. I feel it's always a challenge to address both student AND teacher needs. Important to consider both!

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Let me know if you want to form a team!

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Let me know if you want to form a team!

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Jennifer - What a brilliant idea!

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Thanks Cynthia! Happy Ideating!

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Thanks Cynthia!

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Let me know if you want to form a team!

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Love this! How did you create this-website/app? What were your focuses for the information. 

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I used Piktochart ---it has free templates and was very easy to use. Users can also export to PDF or JPEG also. You can adjust fonts, colors and add charts and your own photos. It also has a very low learning curve.  My focuses were 1. celebrating failures or mis-steps - "Yay, let's take more risks!"  2. areas the student did stepped out of their comfort zone 3. areas the student enjoyed--or looked delighted 4. plan for moving forward--things this student should try later on. I wanted to focus on the process and steer clear of grades and final outcomes.  Link to Piktochart: https://piktochart.com/