Sunday, 5 November 2017

C is for Canva

#NaBloWriMo 2017...day 3



People are drawn to things that are aesthetically pleasing...it was what initially drew me into HyperDocs (stay tuned for day 8!!).  The problem is we are not all graphic designers.  Enter Canva.  A mostly free, amazingly simple graphic design software.  Its drag and drop interface is easy to use for people of all ages.  I love the versatility of the tool - especially for education. 

How can you use Canva with your students?

  • Create infographics.  A few years back I tweaked a bunch of essay assignments and had students create infographics instead.  
  • Social Media posts.  This can be for a post itself or for branding of a social media account as the program offers design templates for many SoMe platforms.   I have used it as a tool to advertise session I am presenting at conferences.
  • Ignite talks. Canva can be use to create beautiful slides.  
  • Magazines and Book cover creation is a cinch.  
  • Gamification.  Are you thinking of gamifying your class?  Use Canva to create badges.
  • Personalize Google Keep.  Kasey Bell has a great blog post about using Canva to personalize Google Keep.    
Canva also offers a mini design school of sorts with tutorials within the program, allowing users to learn more about design in terms of fonts, images, layouts, and branding among other areas.  Moreover, there is a bank of lessons for teachers to engage students in rich learning while tapping in to their creative spirit.  There is even a collaboration feature so students can create in groups.

It is definitely my go to creation tool when I need a visual.

12 comments:

  1. Thank you! Canva revolutionised my work. I work as a PR & marketing manager in hospitality and I don’t have a big marketing budget, so Canva is perfect for me. 1$ for picture is not so much but I can create some nice offers for our clients. Here you have an example of my work: http://www.dwor.pl/pl/klienci_biznesowi/spotkania_wigilijne/ and it was only for 2 $ It’s a nice alternative for Shutterstock etc. Fonts are beautiful, it is very creative thinking to learn how to mix them. I use it also on my personal blog

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  2. Thank you for this post, very interesting.
    I am a marketer in Grenoble (France). I use on an everyday basis Gimp and Canva.
    Gimp is not very intuitive, you need months and months of use to begin making amazing stuff with it.
    On the other side, Canva is the most intuitive photo editor ever. In 5 minutes you can create catchy images, background that do not look like an old ‘paint’ image.
    So the best combo is to modify your image with Gimp, put it in PNG format, and ‘work’ on it with Canva. Hope it will give you ideas
    Stefan
    marketer at
    http://www.bluepixelcie.com

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  3. Thank you for this post, very interesting.
    I am a marketer in Grenoble (France). I use on an everyday basis Gimp and Canva.
    Gimp is not very intuitive, you need months and months of use to begin making amazing stuff with it.
    On the other side, Canva is the most intuitive photo editor ever. In 5 minutes you can create catchy images, background that do not look like an old ‘paint’ image.
    So the best combo is to modify your image with Gimp, put it in PNG format, and ‘work’ on it with Canva. Hope it will give you ideas
    Stefan
    marketer at
    http://www.bluepixelcie.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank you for this post, very interesting.
    I am a marketer in Grenoble (France). I use on an everyday basis Gimp and Canva.
    Gimp is not very intuitive, you need months and months of use to begin making amazing stuff with it.
    On the other side, Canva is the most intuitive photo editor ever. In 5 minutes you can create catchy images, background that do not look like an old ‘paint’ image.
    So the best combo is to modify your image with Gimp, put it in PNG format, and ‘work’ on it with Canva. Hope it will give you ideas
    Stefan
    marketer at
    http://www.bluepixelcie.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you! Canva revolutionised my work. I work as a PR & marketing manager in hospitality and I don’t have a big marketing budget, so Canva is perfect for me. 1$ for picture is not so much but I can create some nice offers for our clients. Here you have an example of my work: http://www.dwor.pl/pl/klienci_biznesowi/spotkania_wigilijne/ and it was only for 2 $ It’s a nice alternative for Shutterstock etc. Fonts are beautiful, it is very creative thinking to learn how to mix them. I use it also on my personal blog

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  6. Thank you! Canva revolutionised my work. I work as a PR & marketing manager in hospitality and I don’t have a big marketing budget, so Canva is perfect for me. 1$ for picture is not so much but I can create some nice offers for our clients. Here you have an example of my work: http://www.dwor.pl/pl/klienci_biznesowi/spotkania_wigilijne/ and it was only for 2 $ It’s a nice alternative for Shutterstock etc. Fonts are beautiful, it is very creative thinking to learn how to mix them. I use it also on my personal blog

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  7. Thank you for this post, very interesting.

    I am a marketer in Grenoble (France). I use on an everyday basis Gimp and Canva.

    Gimp is not very intuitive, you need months and months of use to begin making amazing stuff with it.

    On the other side, Canva is the most intuitive photo editor ever. In 5 minutes you can create catchy images, background that do not look like an old ‘paint’ image.

    So the best combo is to modify your image with Gimp, put it in PNG format, and ‘work’ on it with Canva. Hope it will give you ideas

    Stefan

    marketer at

    http://www.bluepixelcie.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thank you! Canva revolutionised my work. I work as a PR & marketing manager in hospitality and I don’t have a big marketing budget, so Canva is perfect for me. 1$ for picture is not so much but I can create some nice offers for our clients. Here you have an example of my work: http://www.dwor.pl/pl/klienci_biznesowi/spotkania_wigilijne/ and it was only for 2 $ It’s a nice alternative for Shutterstock etc. Fonts are beautiful, it is very creative thinking to learn how to mix them. I use it also on my personal blog

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  9. Thank you! Canva revolutionised my work. I work as a PR & marketing manager in hospitality and I don’t have a big marketing budget, so Canva is perfect for me. 1$ for picture is not so much but I can create some nice offers for our clients. Here you have an example of my work: http://www.dwor.pl/pl/klienci_biznesowi/spotkania_wigilijne/ and it was only for 2 $ It’s a nice alternative for Shutterstock etc. Fonts are beautiful, it is very creative thinking to learn how to mix them. I use it also on my personal blog

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  10. Thank you! Canva revolutionised my work. I work as a PR & marketing manager in hospitality and I don’t have a big marketing budget, so Canva is perfect for me. 1$ for picture is not so much but I can create some nice offers for our clients. Here you have an example of my work: http://www.dwor.pl/pl/klienci_biznesowi/spotkania_wigilijne/ and it was only for 2 $ It’s a nice alternative for Shutterstock etc. Fonts are beautiful, it is very creative thinking to learn how to mix them. I use it also on my personal blog

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  11. Thank you! Canva revolutionised my work. I work as a PR & marketing manager in hospitality and I don’t have a big marketing budget, so Canva is perfect for me. 1$ for picture is not so much but I can create some nice offers for our clients. Here you have an example of my work: http://www.dwor.pl/pl/klienci_biznesowi/spotkania_wigilijne/ and it was only for 2 $ It’s a nice alternative for Shutterstock etc. Fonts are beautiful, it is very creative thinking to learn how to mix them. I use it also on my personal blog

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  12. Thank you! Canva revolutionised my work. I work as a PR & marketing manager in hospitality and I don’t have a big marketing budget, so Canva is perfect for me. 1$ for picture is not so much but I can create some nice offers for our clients. Here you have an example of my work: http://www.dwor.pl/pl/klienci_biznesowi/spotkania_wigilijne/ and it was only for 2 $ It’s a nice alternative for Shutterstock etc. Fonts are beautiful, it is very creative thinking to learn how to mix them. I use it also on my personal blog

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