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Piktochart

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Creation tool lets teens make slick, modern infographics.

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.

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Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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?

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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

Subjects:Language & Reading: presenting to others, using supporting evidence
Math: graphing, ratio, statistics
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, collecting data, thinking critically
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, presenting
Creativity: innovation, producing new content
Genre:Creating
Price:Free-$39.99/year for educators ($290/year non-educators)
Pricing structure:Paid, Free

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