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!