Multimodal Composing: Trying Out Piktochart and Ideas of Badasses

I decided to attempt to compose a Piktochart to answer questions and work with ideas for this week’s blog post because I had never heard of it and I am always interested in trying new things that as a bonus I can also possibly use as an instructor.   Since interning in Kim’s Jumbo 130 course last spring I have been having an internal debate with myself about how I could implement a large multimodal project into my own class (rather than having students do an Inquiry Paper) and have been thinking about it a lot during these past couple weeks of readings and discussions in English 431. It may not look like it, but I spent a great deal of time playing with the ideas of Kress and Shipka and creating the Piktochart with these and my own thoughts concerning English 130 in mind!



  3 comments for “Multimodal Composing: Trying Out Piktochart and Ideas of Badasses

  1. Elisa Preston
    Elisa Preston
    April 2, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Hey Ginamarie,

    Great Piktochart! It reminded me that I keep accidentally calling tasks “assignments” when attempting to paraphrase Shipka (a somewhat big and obvious mistake). I really like your brochure/newsletter idea; it actually sounds like an enjoyable thing to do. That can be so rare in education. It sounds like you put a lot of thought into your work as an instructor. I’m sure your students appreciate that!


  2. Ginamarie Wallace
    April 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Hey Elisa,

    Thank you! Isn’t it crazy how one word can completely change how things are viewed? I am even considering changing “assignments” to “tasks” in my entire 130 syllabus and website because it sounds a lot less scary but also places an important responsibility on the students themselves. I was trying to think of multimodal assignments that I myself have done and the newsletter was one of my most enjoyable tasks I did for a history class : )


  3. Zachary Nielsen
    Zachary Nielsen
    April 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I dig piktochart, but I have never used it. I also am impressed by your image selection. I always find it hard to think of images like that for assignments, but some people just have a knack for finding those high quality generic photos that can apply to all situations. As for trying a project in your classes you teach, you might as well try it out and survey students whether they liked it or not. Either way it will be educational for you as a teacher seeing whether or not it works. It will be also educational for the students because they maybe love it and can demand that approach from their other teachers.

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