If you're a visual learner like me, then graphic organizers are a brilliant tool to help you understand the connections and relationships between multiple concepts, facts, and/or ideas. If you've never made one before, think of it as a sort of "thought pyramid" with a central idea at the top and supporting ideas split into tiers underneath. Of course, graphic organizers don't have to mimic the shape of a pyramid – you can design one any number of ways using Kapwing!
Whether you're a student or an educator, we've made it quick, easy, and free to create a graphic organizer online that resonates with your specific learning or teaching style. In this tutorial, I'll show you how it's done:
- Start with our free Graphic Organizer Template
- Rearrange and Add Shapes
- Add Text
- Finalize your Design
- Download and Share your work
1. Start with our free Graphic Organizer Template
Start by opening our free, customizable Graphic Organizer Template. Click "Make It" and you'll be redirected to the Kapwing Studio.
2. Rearrange and Add Shapes
You can use the template as is or change it up by clicking and dragging the Shapes into different formations. You can also delete Shapes by clicking them and hitting the "Delete" button or duplicate them by hitting "command" + "c" then "command" + "v." Or add shapes by clicking "Elements" and selecting the ones you'd like to add to your canvas.
Next, make the center of each shape transparent. Click on the shape itself, then select "Fill Color" under "Edit" in the Style Toolbar and select the no-color option (or any color you want!). If you'd like to change the color and/or thickness of the shape's outline, you can do so by selecting the "Outline Color" and increasing the "Outline Width" (also in the Style Toolbar).
Connect your shapes with lines to signify the correlation between each idea. You can change the color, width, and style of the lines (or make them into arrows!) in the Style Toolbar.
Don't be discouraged if it takes a while to get the structure just right or if you need to Google "graphic organizer designs" for inspiration. You may also want to take a second to consider the flow of your written content or even map it out in a separate Kapwing Project. This information will most likely determine the final design of your graphic organizer in Step 4.
3. Add Text
Add text to your canvas by clicking "Text" and fill out each text box with the information you'd like to include in your graphic organizer. Click and drag each text box to position it in the Shapes. Change the font, size, and color of the text using the Style Toolbar.
In this example, I'm demonstrating which generals fought for the Union and which fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
4. Finalize your Design
Polish off the design of your graphic organizer by adding any final touches (i.e. background colors, pictures, gifs, etc.).
5. Download and Share your work
When your graphic organizer is complete, click "Export Image" and Download the finished product. If you're a teacher, click "Copy Link" and you can email the link to your graphic organizer directly to your students, so they're able to download and print it at home. Or send them this article and our video tutorial so that they can make their own!
If you're teaching or learning from home this year, we've got your back. We've created tons of helpful content tutorials for teachers and students on our Kapwing Resources page. Under the Education tab, you can learn how to Make a Plot Diagram Online For Free, Add Subtitles to a Lecture Video, and a Create Your Own Virtual Classroom. We're creating new tutorials every day, so check back for the latest ones!