“EASEL.LY” Done!

Creative Communicator
child at easel

Overview

Easel.ly is a free online tool that allows students to turn any visual information into an infographic with simple drag and drop.

Students are able to communicate their learning in a creative innovative way using limited text and graphics.

If this is the first time creating infographics, it may take two class periods.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to use Easel.ly as a tool to create an infographic timeline of their state’s history.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Timeline: A timeline is a graphic representation of the passage of time as a line.

  2. Infographic: Information graphics or infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. They are used when difficult information needs to be explained quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Watch the video on how to use Easel.ly.

  • Here are resources on what is an infographic

  • Decide how you want students to log in. Decide if you want to partner students up, or work alone.
    • Students will need an email account to use the site.
    • Here is a quick way to create Gmail accounts for your students if they don't have them already. 
  • Decide how many events or what concepts you want to be included in the timeline.
     
  • There are limitless uses for Easel.ly.

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Say to students, “Today you will be making an infographic representing a timeline of your state’s history.

    • Talk about what is an infographic.

    • Demonstrate Easel.ly

    • Explain How to log in.

    • Have students go through the state’s history and find five (or as many as you like) important events in your state’s history. Students can record on the sheet provided and use it to guide their infographic.

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

MITECS COMPETENCIES & ISTE STANDARDS

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communications
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.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Websites:
Crash Course on Infographics

Easel.ly

How to Use Easel.ly

Kathy Schrock Rubric

Timeline Worksheet

Using Infographics in Your Classroom

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Students can create an infographic promoting their favorite book. 

Integrated Arts

Students can promote their favorite artist or piece of artwork or music. 

Math

Students can explain geometric shapes. 

Science

Students can explain the water cycle/ animal adaptations.

Social Studies

Students can explain the state symbols.

Credits
This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Schools, January 2019.