Here is where I started:
- I wanted to create something that would be useful
- I wanted to try something I had never done before
- I wanted to be able to teach a new tool/skill to my students
- I wanted to showcase my new understandings regarding the power of images
Here is what I thought about as I was creating:
- “I have to show data in a way that people will enjoy and understand.” – Hans Rosling’s Gapminder
- “Your message is only as good as your ability to share it.” – The value of Visualization
- “The most powerful producer of visual imagery is the individual, its you.” – David Jakes
- “Expand(ing) our capacity for uncertainty, that’s a wonderful preparation for creativity.” – How to be Creative
- “If you are going to use visuals, then for crying out loud, make them insanely great visuals” and “Visuals that surprise people, touch them, delight them, and support your story are best because they affect people in an emotional way. People are more likely to remember your content in the form of stories and examples, and they are also more likely to remember your content if your visuals are unique, powerful and of the highest quality.” – Presentation Zen
- “It’s a thankless job, only rarely will anyone comment on (or even notice) the quality of design — but they will notice, and act on, the message. And that’s what’s important, isn’t it?” – Design Better with CRAP
Once I knew I wanted to create a visual resume for my final project, I chose to:
- seek out colleagues who had created one and asked about their best practices
- search for exemplars online to collect some general ideas
- evaluate my traditional resume and identify which sections I wanted to represent visually and why
- use Piktochart because of all the choices it offered
- select a color scheme using guidance from this website
- research some common tips with articles such as this
- spend hours playing around with all sorts of ideas on a blank template
- send my first draft to a few colleagues for feedback
- make adjustments to my layout, font, visual balance, etc based on that feedback
- leave it alone for a few days to see what I thought when I came back to it
- make some final tweaks
- and be done with it for now with the understanding that I can change/adapt it as needed
Here is my current visual resume using Piktochart:
Rebecca Allen Resume 2015 (full screen preview)
Here is how I plan to use it:
- to show my students a model of how infographics can be used
- to gather feedback from my current administration about where they see my largest potentional areas of growth
- as a recruiting tool at some point
Here is what I am still wondering:
- how should I select a photgraph of myself? Does the one I currently have accurately represent the message I want to send?
- how can I create more space for professional workshops I have attended?
- is the type of graph that I selected the best way to display my teaching experience?
- have I accurately represented my inquiry training?
- should I include more photos somehow, possibly with students?
- is the font that I have chosen the best fit?
and here is what floats to the surface for me at the close of Course 3:
I will become a better facilitator of learning by intentionally using the power of images:
- to deepen my students’ understandings
- to increase their engagement
- to clarify my own messages
- to nurture their personal connections
- to reinforce their memory
- and to celebrate their voices.