Thursday, June 25, 2015

Designing with Canva


While I am by no means a Graphic Designer, I have been creating some designs using Canva for
presentations, posters, and even some personal items (digital Father's Day cards!). I have a lot to learn but it's been fun!

I recently created by own customized Facebook cover graphic!

Canva is a free online tool (https://www.canva.com/) and an iPad app. You can create graphics for social media posts, documents, event posters, advertisements, and so much more. Canva includes templates that can be customized with their built in tools. Tools include images, icons, fonts, lines and shapes, and more. Many are free to use but some resources are available for purchase - usually only $1.00 each.

You can also upload your own images to use in your designs - be sure to follow copyright rules though if you did not take the photos yourself!

Some other examples of my recent creations.

These were used in a recent presentation:


Banner for a presentation:

BYOD Poster:

Canva has an online Design School (https://designschool.canva.com/) to help you get started designing. Design School includes tutorials and teaching materials with lots of tips and tricks.

TechChef4U, Lisa Johnson, has put together some resources to help teachers in using Canva:
http://www.techchef4u.com/history/a-complete-guide-to-using-canva-in-education/. Recently Lisa did a Classroom 2.0 webinar on Canva. You can watch the recorded session:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTf0zTtCFko.

Note: if you work with younger students, be sure to check out Canva's Terms of Service to make sure it falls within the guidelines for your district.

I'm looking forward to learning more and more about Canva and refining my design skills!

Enjoy!!
 
 

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