Why Google Drawing?
For one Docs won't let me use textboxes. *insert pouty face* However as my amiga pointed out on my first day collage assignment, Slides, too, will allow you to use textboxes and insert images and move stuff around. I can also add comments to textboxes on both (though not individual words like Docs *more pouty face*). So really, it would work fine, too.
I do, however, prefer Drawing for a few reasons:
- I can adjust the size of the background to accommodate different infographs.
- It's just one "palette" to keep attention focused in one place.
- The end result is downloadable as an image and therefore potentially easier to embed come portfolio time.
How does it work?
So I find an infograph I want to use and copy it into a Google Drawing. If I want to get some of a blog post in, I might screenshot it instead of just copying the image. I add a link to the original on the image, too, for citation purposes, although a lot of smart people put their URLs in their images for you now. I then create a textbox and draw an arrow (of course I had to color coordinate with the infograph), and then use CTRL+D (duplicate). A lot.
I did go ahead and make one of the textboxes an example, too.
Then I create an assignment in Google Classroom and attach the Drawing, making sure to click "Make a copy for each student." I give them these instructions:
1. Open the copy of the Google Drawing provided.2. Pick out a segment you think you can understand and move a textbox and arrow to align with that segment.3. Write in English what you think that segment means.4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with as many segments from the infograph as you can.5. Delete any unneeded textboxes and arrows.
And then they fill it up! One student's looked like this:
This is one of my shining examples, of course. Some students opted to focus on what was really already English--I suspect they spent less than 5 minutes on it. Therefore, in the future I'll be sure to set aside class time where 1) they get a clear idea of how much time I expect them to use interpreting/guessing and 2) I can peek over shoulders to cheer them on.