Week 3: Design like a Pro

EDCI/DED 318 Tech for Teaching & Learning-Spring 2018

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Canva App Store Description

Edit photos, create beautiful designs and professional graphics with Canva. Get started in seconds with more than hundreds of professional templates and tweak them to suit your need. Use your own photos or choose from more than one million layouts, stock photographs and illustrations. Search for the best fonts, photo filters, graphics, stickers and shapes, then use Canva’s simple drag and drop tool to create a design. Share your design to your favorite social media, email or text.

Desygner App Store Description

THE EASIEST & BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN APP as featured by Forbes, Product Hunt, Social Media Examiner and Terra with 1,000,000+ layouts. Join 250,000+ new users every month for FREE. WE OFFER THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PROFESSIONAL IMAGES ROYALTY FREE TO USE forever! NO PAYING for packs like most inferior apps, sometimes up to $10 an image or a graphic every time. We even give you free fonts and graphics and more and more being added every day. 1’000s of professionally designed templates already perfectly sized for everything you will ever need....

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Why Visual Design Projects from the Global Digital Citizen Foundation

“Unlocking and stimulating eager young minds is not something that happens naturally in a classroom environment. The shift towards Ed tech development in conjunction with project-based learning, however, has cultivated a learning ecosystem that is disrupting traditional teaching techniques. By integrating visual design projects into daily lesson plans, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge.

More details about CANVA

Canva is FREE although has some in app purchases, but there is no need to use in app purchases. Canva is an extremely handy iPad app for anyone, but especially for teachers. It is also a website and can be used from your browser on your computer, http://www.canva.com.

Login with Google gmail or create an account. Your account will work from the Canva App on your iPad or from your browser on your computer.

Many, many designs and images are free, but some are $1 each. There are more than enough free ones to keep you busy for years and of course, you can use your own images or find FREE ones on the WEB. Frankly, I would look for free copyright free ones on the web and have them already downloaded to your photos before you begin your design work.

Canva provides teachers and students with a simple new way to design logos for, bulletin board materials, presentation graphics, infographics, posters, and social media posts, handouts, newsletters, signs, classroom materials, and more.

Check out Canva’s Education page https://www.canva.com/education. And don’t miss the Teaching Materials, Canva has some wonderful lesson plans created by leading educators such as John Spencer, Monica Burns, Paul Hamilton, Steven Anderson, Teri Eichholz, Vicki Davis, William Ferriter.

So, visit Canva’s Design School for teaching materials, classroom lesson plans and more. Use Canva to help introduce visual literacy in the classroom with ideas from the community of education experts. https://designschool.canva.com/teaching-materials

After you learn how to use Canva, I suspect you will find tons of uses for it, both professionally and personally. I know I sure do. In fact, you could use it to design things for your new website. Making a cool graphics for your home page, or headers, or just graphics to go along with what you are writing about.

Canva tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/user/canvadesign

More details about Designer


  • Edit from a computer, tablet or even a phone!

  • Import images and text from Adobe PDFs, PSDs and Microsoft Powerpoint

  • Millions of free to use public images to drag and drop into place

  • Thousands of free backgrounds, stickers and text with one click

  • Share online or download as a PDF, JPG or PNG for free.

    Desygner Tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqIRwEE0fk5L1BDNauWfooQ

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CREATE a Classroom Curriculum POSTER

Create a Classroom Curriculum POSTER, something you could use in your classroom.

When you are choosing a template choose POSTER, that is the size and shape of a piece of normal paper

Choose from one of the assignment ideas listed below, or maybe you have a better idea for a Poster you would like to create for your classroom. That is OK!!

The only rule is that is MUST be something related to your content area, related to a lesson you might teach. Take a look at project examples from previous semesters.

Like everything, some examples are better than others.

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Print your poster in color and turn in.....put in my mailbox in the Curriculum & Instruction office (BH261) or drop by my office BH 233, put it in the assignment folder on my door. Or if you are an out of town off-campus student, mail it to me.

  • Cyndi Kuhn
  • 261 Bluemont Hall
  • 1114 Mid-Campus Drive North
  • Kansas State University
  • Manhattan, KS 66506

These will be hung in our classrooms and in the halls, so don't fold it!

Make sure your name is on the FRONT, in other words, it is in one of the corners. Add your name when you design your poster in Canvas before you Print!! Likely best place is bottom right or left, small, but it needs to be on the FRONT.

15 point extra credit, in Canvas, it will just say completed if you turned in your Poster. The points will be added at the end of the semester.

Suggested Ideas for your Classroom Curriculum POSTER project

These are just ideas, you may come up with your own idea!!!

Idea 1:

Choose a major social action movement and design a poster which communicates the movement’s primary agenda.......Perhaps the topic of study is the Civil Rights Movement in America during the 1950s and 1960s. Produce posters which feature some of the most active and influential figures, like Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks, etc.. Posters should include quotes or statements which reflect the sentiment of the time and reinforce the message that these figures attempted to communicate to the rest of the world.

Idea 2:

Research a famous musician or composer or artist or author and create a Poster for that individual.....Choose someone famous and spend time researching this individual. After your research is complete, create a Poster which includes major components including a title, the name, accomplishments/etc, and maybe testimonials etc. What would your students need to know about this person. The content should tie back to what you have learned about the individual.

Idea 3:

Research a famous author or historical figure or Politician, scientist, artist, author, etc. and create a Poster.....Spend time researching this individual. After your research is complete, create a Poster which includes major components including a title, the name, works, and testimonials, maybe reviewers, etc. The content should tie back to what you have learned about the individual—whether it be their family life, musical upbringing, or details related to the course of their career.

Idea 4:

Choose a meaningful environmental effort and create a social media Poster around that initiative.....Spend time researching the environmental issue (perhaps it’s learning about deforestation of the rainforest or the increasing threat to marine dolphins, etc. ) and apply your understanding of the issue towards creating a meaningful social action campaign. A side note--We could as a class build public presence and awareness through platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, all of which have design templates in Canva & Desygner.

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Requirements for this Curriculum Poster Assignment

  • Add the Curriculum Poster you just finished to your Weebly site and also Padlet.
  • Download your poster as a PNG or jpg file from Canva or Desygner and add as an image to your subpage called Design like a PRO under the Category Projects.
  • Make sure your Classroom Poster is large enough to read on your page!! Make it the full width of your page!
  • On the iPad: your image/poster will download to PHOTOS from either Canva or Desygner.
  • On a computer: it will download to wherever your downloads normally go.
  • Tweet your subpage with the hashtags #edci318 and also #Canva or hashtag #Desygner (use the hashtag for the design app you used, don't use both)
  • Next, add your Classroom Poster to the Padlet board that I have created for this project. https://padlet.com/ded318/designlikeapro
  • This Padlet board will hold everyone's Posters, a nice collection and you can see what your classmates have created, so take a look. Padlet is an awesome way to collect student projects in one place and we will be using Padlet quite a bit this semester.
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A few places to locate images other than GOOGLE!

Consider making a Board for graphics on your Pinterest and Pin these resources. That's 8 more pins to your 250 end of the semester requirement!!

Grading Breakdown

Grading Breakdown- 50 points and 20 points for Padlet

  • 30 points-Classroom Curriculum poster added to your Weebly subpage under the Category Projects and large enough to easily read.
  • 20 Points- Tweet using the hashtags #edci318, #Canva OR #Desygner
  • 20 points for adding your Curriculum Poster to Padlet
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