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Tech Ideas for the Poster Project

Overview

Last week, I highlighted several different websites that offered royalty-free images for student projects. But, once those images are found, what's next? Are they printed out and pasted to a display board? Are they cut out and put on a brochure? Are they being used in a digital format? Of course, there's still a place to cut, color, and glue, but sometimes spicing up a lesson and making it digital is a benefit to students. Below are some technology-induced project ideas that could be used in place of the traditional poster or brochure project.

Google Drawing

Easily one of my favorite Google tools, Google Drawing is the easiest transition to a digital poster board possible. Simply by changing the workspace to the desired 22" x 28" poster board size makes it happen. Once that has been changed, students can then insert those same images, add captions, shapes, drop shadows, reflections, and even Word Art to make their project really stand out. They can make them visually appealing, with loads of color, without ever printing anything out!

Google Slides

Another idea is to create a Google Slides presentation in place of a brochure. This is a rather simple change. When students start to plan for the brochure, they separate the information into different categories for each page. To make that shift, have students create a Slide on each category, then insert a Title Slide at the beginning of the presentation. They can then "list" the categories, similar to a Table of Contents, and then they can "Link Within the Presentation" to each individual category Slide. A project like this is easy to accomplish, engaging, and completely interactive.

Google Sites

Similar to the Google Slides project, Google Sites can take things a step further. From the Home page, students can create pages for each category. Then, they can insert as much information about a particular subject as they'd like, including maps and links to other pages. Additionally, students can embed other projects about the same subject, such as Google Slides presentations, Google Docs, and even a Google Form.

Lucid Press

If there's ever one web-based program that is suitable for a digital poster or brochure, Lucid Press is the tool just for that. There are countless options of templates available to students as they begin their designs. From brochures, to magazine covers, to banners, they are all available. Additionally, this is geared towards education as it seamlessly integrates with Google Classroom for an even more efficient experience.

Flipgrid

This program has been in an innumerable amount of Ed Tech Tips, but that's due to its flexibility to be used in any grade level, for any subject, and for almost any project. To transfer the poster board or brochure digitally, this can be used to have students "present" their information without ever having to stand in front of the class. If you're able to set the time limit higher than a minute and a half (with Flipgrid Classroom), then you can have them explain their information to the comfort of their Chromebooks. Additionally, Flipgrid can be used to have students reflect on their learning and maybe share tips and exciting pieces of information that they learned during the research process.

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