a space in which i put my two cents into the world of librarianship.
This post is to address a professional aspect of librarianship: teaching. I have some great management and support at my university; so with some professional instructional help, I have come to settle on this model for developing workshops and lesson plans. It is simple and straightforward so that students can easily digest the information quickly.
The following outline is going to use my Infographics: Piktochart & Canva lesson. As a side note, the section on “Teaching Piktochart & Canva” has a dual purpose as we have Education majors at our university and I present at conferences on this topic.
Present the topic
What is an infographic? Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends. I will be talking about some basics on infographics, how I learned and now teach these programs followed by some basic design principles and then offer some more resources before providing a quick look at Piktochart and Canva.
We are visual creatures: 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual, and that is processed 60,000x faster in the brain than text. (http://www.nngroup.com/articles/how-little-do-users-read/) The general public has an increasingly shorter attention span; we tend to “scan” material as opposed to actually reading text. “A picture is worth a thousand words” Infographics have the ability to dissect a complex subject, and the ability to sustain the attention of readers while doing so. Infographics help cover “heavy” topics in an enjoyable way. Infographics can easily export to posters, papers, brochures and leaflets.
Deliver the tool
Present the tool to accomplish the main goal or learning objective.
For this, I try to offer something that can speak to different learning styles:
Visual – Offer them some tutorial videos to follow along and learn.
Piktochart can subscribe to the Piktochart Blog Sections on Latest posts, culture, design, education, marketing, popular and updates Searchable Canva has a Learn menu with Tutorials on a range of functions; Advanced Tips, Backgrounds, Branding, Color, Fonts, Getting Started, Images, Layout, Shapes and Icons and Skills in Action 30 total, easy and interactive with both hands on and video Online courses specific to creativity and branding (Social Media coming soon)
Reading – Show them where to find the help topics to read.
Piktochart has an education section of blog Collaborative classroom integration How to use Piktochart in any classroom Using infographics in a flipped classroom Visual literacy Canva 4 premade workshops with accompanied lesson plans 1. learn Canva 2. fonts, colors, images 3. backgrounds, shapes and layouts 4. branding basics
Hands-On – Provide them a quick demonstration. (I save this for after the presentation).
With this particular topic, I provide three easy designer tips, showing an example and telling the how it is helpful (VERY briefly as to not overwhelm).
Hierarchy – Use a visual hierarchy to help the reader pick out the most important information. Our brain is trained to make connections between objects in our surroundings – if one object is bigger or bolder, our brain assumes it’s more important than a smaller one. In design, we use fonts, sizes, and visual elements to create the illusion of hierarchy between elements in a composition, and show readers what has more relevance.
Color – The colors you use in your design convey the moods and highlight important sections of your design. The rule of 3 colors - A super simple tool you can use whenever you are in doubt. You cannot go wrong with it. The rule of 3 colors is simple: pick one primary color. Then, pick two other complementary colors.
Wrap It Up
Provide them any additional resources: data, where to find the presentation, how to get in contact with you and other free goodies before moving into the demonstration.
This presentation is listed in a libguide: http://libguides.shadygrove.umd.edu/infographics. There are a lot of different resources available. In this resource, we have compiled lists that offer multiple infographic software's, font sources, icon & image sources, color tips and some select data sources. The majority of these resources are all free. We encourage other libraries to use this resource!
ii.Here are other ideas for different lessons:
After several years of direct library experience I wanted to create a space to provide my two cents on librarianship, chronicle my lessons learned and share some insight.
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
This series focuses on making the reader question what is good and what is evil, can you do evil in the name of good or can doing good be evil? When a good and bad girl get swapped in their schools for becoming a princess and becoming a villain, things start being put to question really fast all in the pursuit of their "ever after". The best part is the weaving of classic fairy tale characters into this epic trilogy, they fit into the story perfectly and added a whole other level of questioning right and wrong ethics.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This dark trilogy weaves European history into a fantastic story of a small town kids self realization and acceptance. It has a fast pace with lots of action and I appreciated that the darker side of this story was not sugar coated, it had me on edge the whole time!
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Prepare to have your imagination blown away by this immeasurably creative adventure where magic is based on color, but what happens when a girl is born with no color? This story deals with being a complete outcast of society, being ridiculed and finding ones own self worth. I seriously hope there is another book coming by this author as imaginative doesn't even contain the world that Mafi created in this story.
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Another good author friend of mine, Gail never fails to impress with her writings. She comes from a humble background in archaeology and with her strong female lead character Alexia she writes a supernatural steampunk story that is sure to captivate as Alexia struggles to find her way in a society that just doesn't want to make room for her or her strange powers.
Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
It is hard to put this series down for sure, the story focuses on a young child dealing with loss, depression and of course his worst Nightmares! This series is an easy read, but it really captures the perspective of how a child deals with these issues. It is a brave series to say the least.
Geist by Philippa Ballantine
A friend of mine, Pip writes a strong female character in this fantasy series that puts her character Sorcha smack dab in the middle of the worlds of the living and the dead. A series that was difficult to put down, but also one that I with there were more of. It is difficult to find a fantasy so well written and empowering of a lead female character. I love Pip's ability to capture all of this.
The Diabolical Miss Hyde: An Electric Empire Novel by Viola Carr
Ok, seriously, things could not get more exciting with this steampunk story about the famous Dr. Jekyll's daughter Dr. Eliza Jekyll and her investigation of the "the Chopper" murderer. Carr crafted a fast paced thriller that twists the ending so much...well you'll have to read it yourself to find out!
A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair) by Emma Jane Holloway
Evelina Cooper, she is the niece of Sherlock Holmes. This is a steampunk masterpiece that has just about everything: magic, machines, secrets, crazy action, and all the thrills one expects when love and fear come crashing together. Emma Jane impresses me with this series beyond measure.
Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Series) by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
A re-imagined Edwardian Era England is the perfect place to set this steampunk series that revolves around the strong willed Agent Eliza Braun, I adore her. She is partnered with the meek yet intelligent librarian, Agent Wellington Books (go librarians) in an adventure that rivals that of James Bond.
The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders
This is truly an amazing work of writing. I feel that is on par with Harry Potter, but mixed with science! Sanders creates an eccentric and mysterious world and plot embedded in our everyday real world. I felt a constant pull at questioning the motives of the characters...high recommendations for this book and worth every word!
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
Set in the 17th century era of King Charles II, it has a unique sense of curiosity. Kevin Sands tackles integrating chemistry concepts in a fun, appealing and explosive way. The story mixes elements of friendship, parental love, religion and growing up to create a concoction that is truly rewarding. I have yet to start the second book in the series, but I am definitely hungry to read where Sands writes Christopher next.
The Thickety by J.A. White
A witch-hunt in the world of children with magic balanced as the problem and solution. J.A. White authored an amazing fairy tale, three previous books, filled with intense emotion. I have been anxiously anticipating the final book for nearly a year and I devoured its pages with my eyes. The story follows a brother and sister as victims of a witch-hunt that turns into a mistake that could end the world.
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
I am only on book two of this six book series. Fast paced adventure that does not leave the emotions behind, combine this with the rich retelling of some of everyone's favorite fairy tales and you have a golden egg of a series. Set in two worlds, the fairy tale world and the modern day world, the story follows twins Alex and Connor on quite an adventure in both worlds.