Our students have become very comfortable with designing slidedecks with lots of text. Well, it could actually be anything- a poster, video, card, brochure, etc- with too much text.
We are trying to veer our students away from including text that could distract the audience from the intended purpose. When watching a video on a historical event, for example, we've had conversations about the viewers not wanting to read large chunks of text.
So, if no text... then what? Hopefully, students are gaining experience with expressing ideas in different ways that promote "out of the box" kind of thinking. They've been engaging with Videos, audio recordings, symbols, charts, graphs, and images to represent information.
It's been difficult for the kids to share their ideas in a new way. However, we all understand the power of such a skill. Infographics, videos, and other forms of media in today's world really capture the essence of less text! In this case, the phrase, "Less IS MORE" really does hold true. Furthermore, synthesizing information into concise and clear ideas also proves to be an important academic and life skill.
Check out the portfolio slides with LESS TEXT!
5th Grade infographics to come....