I know that it’s the beginning of the summer (though July is right around the corner!) and that I should be “relaxing,” but with my new school, moving later this summer, and iFLT in mid-July, I’ve got to get some of the ground work for my classes laid now!
That being said, I jumped on the bandwagon and made an infographic syllabus! Technically, I made an infographic syllabus last year, but I included waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much text on it to have its full appeal. I basically took paragraphs and put them on a colorful background. This is only half of it – it wouldn’t fit on one sheet of paper on its own! It was an okay first attempt:
Anyway, this year I got a lot of my inspiration from Laura’s interactive infographic syllabus. I’m excited about this because this year, my students will actually be able to interact with the syllabus, as each student will have their own device for use in class.
I made my syllabus with piktochart, a service that lets you create your own infographics, and has a few free templates for you if you’re not an amazing designer. I use the free service, because that works for me, but I do like the look and features of their paid services as well. I will eventually be going the same route as Laura and using ThingLink to make my syllabus interactive, but there’s a few things I’m hoping to solidify before I go through the work to make my first draft interactive, like “will I have a classroom next year?”
I’m excited to share my syllabus with you, and look out a little later in the summer for my interactive version, which I can’t wait to (make and) share with you as well.
This year, I used the same template as last year, updated the colors from my favorites to my new school’s colors, and ditched a lot of the text. Eventually, when I make it interactive, I will have links to the ACTFL proficiency levels, my twitter and instagram teacher accounts, a description for my class materials, and a link to take students to a rubric for the standards-based grading that I will do. There will probably be a few other links than that, but those are the keys I would like to include.
You should be able to click the image to get a bigger picture. You can also view my syllabus here
What do you think? What is difficult for you to see or understand? Is there something that you think that I should add? I’d love to hear your thoughts!