My Digital Life

Q4. Portrait of a Digital Learner

3. My Digital Life

Introduction

In the previous Quests, you examined how your preferences influence your schoolwork. You then used your preferences to evaluate new technology tools and options for customizing your working environment. In this final Quest, you will use your planning document to reflect on your experiences and determine what you will incorporate in your digital life moving forward. You will create an infographic to visually communicate and share what you learned with others. 


KEY VOCABULARY

Infographic: An infographic is a visual representation of information.

Graphic features: Graphic features are photographs, drawing, maps, charts and diagrams that accompany text to add meaning for the reader .


I Can Statements

  • explain how my type preferences influence my school work
  • select technology tools to develop my non-preferred preferences
  • communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively

StepS

  1. Watch the video introduction twice.
    • Focus your first viewing on getting the gist--what is an infographic
    • Focus your second viewing on the "what," "why," and "how" of infographics.
  2. Use these questions to check for understanding before you proceed: 
    • What graphical features are used in an infographic? 
    • Why is an infographic an effective way to creatively communicate a message? 
    • How is information organized?
  3. You will create an infographic to visually communicate and share what you learned. Expand the content block to learn about the infographic tool featured in this Quest and additional options for sharing what you learned with others. 

Infographic Tools

There are a number of free infographics tools available on the web. The steps in this Quest feature Canva. Other creative ways to share what you learned are listed in the "Additional Resources" section below. Check with your teacher for further instructions before you proceed. 

Canva—Design Anything. 

Canva is a content creation tool with drag-and-drop features and customizable layouts. You can create a variety of design types within minutes and attend "Design School" to develop your inner designer and add new skills to your digital life. 

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Additional Resources

External LinkDigital Infographic Tools

For other creative ways, you can share what you learned with others, check out 17. Creative Communications

Use the Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Media chart featured in Quest 3 to choose a different way to effectively communicate your learning. You may find it helpful to bookmark or make a copy of the chart for future use throughout the 21 Things. 

Canva Design School Tutorials

  1. Find the tools you'll need to create your digital learner infographic and some design tips and tricks by completing the Canva Design School tutorials for beginners.

Here's how: 
A. Select a tutorial from this list.

B. Review "What you'll learn."
C. Select "Start tutorial" button to begin.

D. "Learn" heading new concepts and/or skills.
E. Follow directions and practice new skills in the "Do" column.

Complete tasks when prompted

F. Use "Hints" located at the bottom of pages as needed. 

Hints at bottom of screen

Complete tasks when prompted

Create Your Infographic

Like writing an essay or making a video, creating an infographic is a process. The process for creating your digital life infographic is outlined below. 

  1. Research a topic. 
  2. Identify key takeaways. 
  3. Choose a Template or layout to start from scratch. 
  4. Sketch it out on paper.
    • Organize your most important points into headings and subheadings.
    • Visualize your key takeaways. Where can you incorporate icons and charts?
    • Use keywords, phrases, bullet points, and/or summary statements to communicate supporting points.
  5. Customize your template or layout to bring your sketch to life. 
  6. Seek feedback & Revise

Publish & Share

To download a copy of your infographic:

  • Select  the white Download button from the menu bar.
  • Select a file format from the "File type" dropdown menu. 
  • Select the Download button at the bottom of the dropdown menu to get a copy of your work. 

To copy your infographic URL to share:

  • Select the "Share" button from the menu bar.
  • Change the sharing permissions by selecting the "Share a link to" dropdown menu. 
  • Select "Copy link" and paste the link in email or check with your teacher for further instructions. 

Completing this Quest

Share the link for your infographic with your instructor (or post it following your teacher's directions). 


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Compentencies and Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

Empowered Learner

1a Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

1b Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process

1c Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

1d Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Creative Communicator

6a Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

6b Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

6c Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

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