Design matters–more than ever–to adolescents. I have been an advocate for teachers knowing more about visual/graphic design, chiefly so they can develop more interesting, attractive, and professional looking documents. While I have no native talent for design, I know a good one when I see it, and I know a few good shortcuts and tools. One of my new favorite tools is Piktochart, an online service (Zendesk) that lets you create beautiful infographics, reports, and presentations. Piktochart is very easy to use, has a free option (limited templates), and a deeply discounted educator price. It still has a few bugs to work out–it does not seem to play nicely with Chrome, for instance–but I really like it overall. I just used it to create this graphic for the Michigan Council of Teachers of English.
By the way, feel free to download and distribute this flyer. It’s meant to encourage in-service English teachers to think critically about their professional development opportunities.