Infographic 101: Yep - It's Easy as Pumpkin Pie!

Infographics are tools used in business on a regular basis for delivery of content in a digital format. Simple, concise, and easy to share ( with low MB use ) they are also flexible for classrooms too. We have found great uses for several tools in creating infographics including Piktochart, Easel.ly and several others you can explore.  Here are some quick reference samples and a cheat sheet for you to explore with as well!

Cheat Sheet

Piktochart in 5 easy steps...

Piktochart YouTube

Student Samples:


Mindfulness II

Educator Example:

Mindfulness example in PDF form

Mindfulness in long infographic form

Cheat Sheet

YouTube Video

Student Samples: 

MYP Global Context Infographic on Place #1

MYP Global Infographic on Place #2

Educator Examples: (Inquiry Infographic for Students, Inquiry Infographic with Leading Questions)

Explanation of the use of the infographics above.

Using Easel.ly with primary sources.

Professional Development Sample from INNEDCO: (Two of us created this to share information about another tool SMORE )

GREAT reminders on infographic creation

Other Infographic Tools for Reference: 



Gliffy  (More for diagramming)


NCSHPO Meeting

Thank you for sharing with us today. Resources we have discussed are here for your reference, and you are welcome to use them and share. Thanks for being with us! 

Technology References:

Tech Tools Resources: http://bit.ly/toolsSHPO
Tech Tools 2: http://bit.ly/Tool2SHPO

Contact Information;
Katie Orr: Katherine_orr@nps.gov
Michelle Pearson: michelle.l.pearson@adams12.org


Happy Birthday National Park Service!

We are HUGE fans of our National Parks and are not ashamed to admit we love the Junior Ranger Program as well. We are on a continuous mission to #FindYourPark and share it with our students. Over the past several years we have shared multiple resources for teaching about our National Parks with students.

We recently had students learn about a park and share it with their families and school. Their wonderful artwork will be shared with the wider digital community on the #FindYourPark hashtag and #StepInYourPark. Take a look at what they have learned.

We encourage you to share the Centennial Anniversary of "America's Best Idea" and join us in wishing our favorite places happy birthday! 

For resources and links created to study our National Parks, Preservation 50, and historic places check out:

10 Ways to Teach About Your National Parks: 

Junior Ranger:
Check out one of our most popular blogs on the program:

Preservation 50 in the Classroom: 

Teaching About Historic Places: 

Honoring Ludlow National Historic Site: 

Maps Photos and the HABS Collection: 

Researching PLACE in the Classroom: 

Here is PROOF we practice what we teach !



KIVA For Financial Literacy, Global Citizenship, Geography and 21st Century Learning Skills

Kiva is an amazing organization working to make a difference in the lives of people living in poverty all over the world.  It is not a hand out but rather an hand up.  KIVA makes micro loans and recipients have to pay the money back over time.  Small loans change lives and move people and communities out of poverty!  We received a grant through Citibank and KIVA to enable our students to loan $25 to a recipient of their choice.

Our students worked in teams to choose loan recipients after working through the lesson plans and learning more about poverty and people in countries they are studying in Social Studies Classes.  They were assigned to create a presentation about their country and why they chose the person or group as their final grade for this unit.

KIVA Classroom Implementation Steps:
1.  Introduce with balloons and a big umbrella representing the Big 5 of poverty that is always hanging over people.  Job, Shelter, Education, Water, Medical, Food
2. Work through the KIVA Lesson Plans making sure to embed your standards in the lessons
3. Introduce the KIVA site to the students and show them how to look for the information they will need.

4.  Play the KIVA-U Global Impact Game to understand the loan process.
5. Share the Research for Entrepreneurs document with your partner and complete the research.
6. Complete the Persuasive Power-Point Planning Sheet with your partner.
7. Use the Student Presentation Template to create your finial presentation

A Few Hints:
Look for people who are 70% or lower to loan
Take screen shots immediately so you don't lose the loan as they turn over quickly
Use a Google Form to have students fill out to keep track of their information

8.  Create a Symbaloo for easy tracking of loans.  Students can return next Fall and will be able to easily see if their loans have been repaid or the progress that has been made.  Check out our Symbaloo:


Sharing Preservation Stories: Tools for Success

We are proud to be a part of the National Alliance for Preservation Commissions National Forum this week. We love the support, sharing, and work of our colleagues in preservation and planning across the United States. As part of our work- We are sharing our resources here for Conference participants.

Thursday: Training Module

Training PowerPoint

** Note this is the "hiccup" presentation ( The one with all of the Do's and Do NOT's for reference ) so it is for you to use for reference but we have left it intact with the training mistakes we discussed as part of our session.

Friday: Youth in Preservation

Here are the two presentations used by our presenters in the Youth Voices session at NAPC:

National Park Service PowerPoint

Youth in Preservation PowerPoint

Grant information for the Teaching with Primary Sources Program can be found here:


* Contact Michelle at michelle.l.pearson@adams12.org for more information and support in crafting a proposal

Saturday: Outreach in Preservation

Junior Ranger

Sunday: Icebreaker Ideas

Train the Trainers: Icebreaker Ideas