Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings

Example infographic above: Recreating design elements from an app to make the infographic feel like it

Creating infographics from scratch can take a lot of time. It can be hard to be creative and start when you have a blank canvas staring you in the face.

One of the struggles with student-created infographics is the time it takes for students to find icons and other graphical elements. What if we could eliminate lots of that time, getting students to work showing what they know even faster?

That’s why I created these infographics templates. The examples below are in Google Slides (although you can go to File > Download as … to get them in PowerPoint files).

I created a blank slide where students can make an infographic. Then, I sprinkled lots of helpful icons, lines, arrows, and text boxes around the outsides of them. Students can just drag and drop any of these items onto the infographic. (Note: I encourage that they instead click an item and use Ctrl + D to duplicate that item, leaving the original around the outside in case they want to use it again.)

Click any of the templates below to make a copy of them. Make any changes and adjustments you’d like to your copy. Then attach them to an assignment in Google Classroom or your learning management system. Students create their drag and drop infographics and submit them to you!

The Math Icon Board — A simple board, created by Kimberly Wassmuth and shared on her blog, with icons to show thinking in math and science classes.

Some suggestions to make the most of these templates:

  • Add whatever you think students are likely to want to use (i.e. images, diagrams, even text boxes pre-filled with sentence stems, etc.). Just leave it in the space around the board.
    Want to create some immovable text or images? Create a background image with all the parts you don’t want students moving around. Use Google Drawings or Slides to do it. There are instructions in this post.
  • Resize the board to dimensions that best suit the activity. You don’t have to stick to standard-sized slides or letter-sized paper! If you’re not going to print them or present them on a projector, you’re free to modify your boards as you’d like. Just go to File > Page setup … and choose “Custom” from the dropdown menu. Resize it using inches, centimeters, pixels, etc.
  • Have students use lines and boxes for structure. These can help students organize their material and make it their own. Also, help them to remember “white space” — unused space around the elements. It keeps a board from looking too overwhelming.
  • Don’t forget different line types. Use the curved line and click to create “bend points” when drawing it. (See the wavy arrow lines in my examples above.) A scribble line lets you draw free-hand, and a poly line lets you connect straight lines together into a shape.
  • Use the Image > Camera option to add a personal touch. Students love to see themselves in their work! Find ways to incorporate webcam photos of themselves to add an additional dimension to their activities.