Common Sense Media says

Creation tool lets teens make slick, modern infographics.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gives kids the freedom to share information in a bunch of different ways; various types of learners should find success here.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Of course, Piktochart recommends that users upgrade to their Pro package, which allows access to many more chart styles.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Login requires an email and password, but no credit card info is necessary unless you upgrade to Piktochart Pro. Users can save five charts at a time, all of which are private.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Piktochart is a tool older kids can use to create infographics for any kind of school or personal project. It's all about giving potentially boring or dry info a bit of pizzazz. Filling in chosen templates, kids have freedom to present their info however they like, which requires some serious thought and could be a bit daunting for younger users. It's generally geared toward adults in the workplace creating business presentations, but clearly lends itself to kid use for classroom projects and assignments.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • using supporting evidence

Math

  • graphing
  • ratio
  • statistics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • collecting data
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • innovation
  • producing new content

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Choose from beautifully designed icons and text options, and it's pretty easy to complete a chart that looks professional. Kids who love organizing will be fully engaged here.

Learning Approach

On the surface, it may seem like you're just dragging and dropping pretty graphics. But the grouping and organization of info is a skill that requires analytical thinking and will help with future projects.

Support

Video tutorials are available for each step of the process, and they're very detailed. But it's still difficult to figure out a simple task like adding text. Kids can save up to five infographics with the free program.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • using supporting evidence

Math

  • graphing
  • ratio
  • statistics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • collecting data
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • innovation
  • producing new content

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn concepts of grouping, graphing, and visually representing pieces of information here. While putting together an infographic, kids will interpret info, then create a combination of text, images, and charts or graphs to share with others. Kids can easily integrate them into in-class reports or projects. Discovering what's visually appealing to their audience will improve kids' awareness of how other people learn and will help them with future presentation endeavors. Piktochart is a well-designed, reasonably easy-to-use tool that tech-savvy kids will take to immediately.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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What's it about?

Teens first choose from available templates -- eight are available with a free account. Combining charts, graphs, text, and graphics, teens can easily assemble and present info using the drag-and-drop interface. Users can export infographics as image files or share their creations via URL, email, and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The design is fantastic, with modern, charming icons and fonts, and it's possible to make seriously high-quality infographics with Piktochart. That said, it's not totally intuitive and the guidance offered can be confusing. But if they poke around enough, teens can figure out how to use Piktochart for school projects, class presentations, and maybe even just for fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what kinds of info might be best represented by a chart. Where do you see charts and graphs in everyday life?

  • Has the way we absorb information changed over time? Why is it easier to understand a chart than a bunch of text?

Website details

Genre:Creating
Price:Free-$169/month
Pricing structure:Free, Paid

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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