Attempting Canva

After looking reading classmates’ experiences on Twitter, I figured Canva would be the  better choice for me. Still I looked around on both Canva and Piktochart, but Canva seemed much more in my league for digital creativity. When I began the assignment, I was instantly overwhelmed with all of the different templates Canva had to offer. Popular design types include social media, presentation, poster, Facebook post, A4, and card. Others are email headers, events, ads, and many more. As you can see, there is A LOT of options. You can also create a “team” within the website ad share designs and folder with them.

Honestly, the one of most difficult parts for me was saving it… I know that sounds pathetic, but hear me out. At first I saved it in the wrong format and couldn’t upload it to my blog. After meddling around in the website for a while, I was finally able to fix my mistake. This just shows my lacking technological knowledge, but I think it’s slowly getting better!

My Canva creation is very simple. It is a picture of Eli (who is teaching me Spanish) and I with the words “Learning a new language is a great way to learn about a friend”  over it and “DigLit Class Spring 2017” below. I included this rather than other parts of our lessons because it is what I will remember most after this semester. Eli has been my friend since my first semester at Chadron State College (fall 2015), but we’ve grown much closer this semester. Other than just forcing him to spend time with me for my Independent Learning Project, I’ve also learned about his culture and experiences speaking Spanish and learning English. I think hearing about his experiences will help me teach ELL students as well.

One aspect of Canva I thought was especially cool was the ability to create book covers. This would be such an awesome assignment in an English classroom! When I was in junior high, we had to draw book covers, but I hated it because I’m not very artistic. I think creating book covers digitally would give students (like me) a wider range of creativity. Students could also create a fake flyer for an event in a book they read. If I included blogging in my classroom, students could create headers for their blog too. Now I’m just getting ahead of myself, but Canva is definitely a beneficial tool that I can see myself using in the classroom!

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16 Comments

  1. I also had trouble saving it the first time so you aren’t the only one! I also like how you said you could allow your students to make book covers in your future English classroom because I think they would really enjoy being able to do that!

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  2. Timmi,
    I also used Canva, and was definitely overwhelmed with all of the different options it had to offer! It took me a while to create my poster because I am so indecisive. I thought it was cool how you made your poster more personal. Great job!
    Haley

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  3. Cute picture! I used both Canva and Piktochart, I had trouble saving it on Canva. At first it downloaded as a PDF and when I used the link on my blog it turned into a website link? Confusing. Anyway, I had to go back and save it as a JPG file so that it saved as a picture on my computer. That’s great you have your friend Eli helping you with your Spanish. It’s also great that you have him as a resource for getting to know experiences from ELL students.

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  4. I also had a lot of problems saving my Canva and also had to save in several formats until I could upload the picture. I am glad you were able to get it to work as you needed. I think using Canva to create book covers is a great idea! A lot of students are not confident with their art ability, so they will not put much effort into the assignment. By using a digital platform to create the cover, they will be more comfortable throughout their assignment and do better on it.

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  5. Timmi,
    I think that your poster is great I didn’t struggle with saving mine because I didn’t even think about using it on the top of my blog, but I am sure I would have struggled with that as well. It seems like saving things is always a hassle. If only there was another way to save it that wasn’t so hard.
    Great Post!

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  6. Timmi, I love that you pointed out how great a tool canva would be to make book covers! I’ve been considering using it for tenth street’s next cover (if we can’t get an artist to make one for us) because it would look so polished and nice. This program has a lot of value in and out of the classroom! I think it has the potential to make the classroom a lot of fun.

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