Creately

Freemium! Creately allows users to design, complete, and share graphic organizers. To begin, users must register with Creately and choose their account type (for this review, it will use the free account option). Next, users must log into the website by clicking the “Go To Creately App” option, and users will have to enable Flash. At this point, users can create a graphic organizer by clicking the green “New Document” button on the top right of the screen. Next, they are to describe the type of graphic organizer they wish to make by typing its description into the provided box.…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 7.7
B. Design - 9
C. Design - 7.7

8.1

Making the Making of Graphic Organizers Easy!

8

Creately allows users to design, complete, and share graphic organizers. To begin, users must register with Creately and choose their account type (for this review, it will use the free account option). Next, users must log into the website by clicking the “Go To Creately App” option, and users will have to enable Flash. At this point, users can create a graphic organizer by clicking the green “New Document” button on the top right of the screen. Next, they are to describe the type of graphic organizer they wish to make by typing its description into the provided box. As they do, Creately will load potential text for that type of organizer. Users can select the text and template for their organizer and describe it, or they can skip this process and choose to create their own organizer from scratch. Both options will then take users to the workspace, which lets them insert shapes, text, and symbols to their graphic organizer. To add those elements, users will need to click the shape or symbol from the left side of the screen and drag it into the workspace. They can then resize it by clicking it once and dragging a corner outwards, and they can rotate it by clicking it once and moving their finger in a circle on the mouse pad. (An arrow will appear when resizing it and a circled arrow will appear when rotating it.) To add text to an object, users need to double click the image and then start typing. To stylize the text, a menu will appear below the shape when users are typing that provides option for the font, size, format, and color of the text. If users wish to further stylize their graphic organizer with colors, lines, and text or edit their organizer by copying, cutting, and pasting, they can tap the design element from the menu at the top. When finished, users can click the blue “Export” button on the top right of the screen to download their work as a PDF or image file or they can click the green “Share” button to access a link to their organizer that they can post so other users can view their work. Finally, when users are finished, they can click the “Open” file icon on the top left of the screen to view all the organizers they have already created, which they can click to access.

Instructional Ideas

  1. After reading a text or studying a topic, teachers can have students load a template from this website and give directions for students to complete it based on the text or topic. When finished, students can send their work to their teacher via email or by posting a link to it on a class website.
  2. In preparation for an extended assignment, teachers can create a graphic organizer using this website and then save it as a PDF or image file, which they can print and have students complete.
  3. Teachers can assign students a text to read and require them to select a graphic organizer of their choice that is included in this website and complete it as a response to the text. When finished, students will email their work to their teacher.
  4. After reading a text or completing an activity, students can create a graphic organizer or image that represents what they understood as the meaning from the text or activity. Students can then share their organizer by posting a link to it on a class website.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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