This week I had the opportunity to work with an exciting and innovative online tool. The site is called Canva: Amazingly Simple Graphic Design Software . The software on the website was truly easy to navigate just as the title suggests. The site has all types of designs to fit every kind of need. Canva offers designs for photo collages, educational presentations, business presentations, cards, posters, resumes and many other purposes.
I chose to work with a template I found under photo collage I entitled it My Journey Through ASL. I decided to use a photo collage, because so far in this semester I have used mostly written word to discuss my process through learning American Sign Language, and I thought it would be interesting to focus on the visual elements of what I have been working on. Admittedly, I struggled with finding visual content that would accurately express the process that I went through this semester. I wound up having to use some words to explain the connection between the images and the learning process. For example. on one of the pages of my photo collage presentation, I wanted to show images of the instructor of the online course that I have been utilizing this semester. However, with no words the viewers wouldn’t understand that the images are of the instructor. It was necessary to include words in much of this presentations. Still I feel that I achieved a sort of visual story as well.
I was happily shocked when I discovered that Canva offered its own bank of over 1000 images. I searched the keyword ASL and the first image that came up through the Canva page was a chart of the ASL alphabet. There were many other images available on the Canva site, but it was also easy to upload images from the internet. I was impressed with how many different options were available for customizing your design. I have never used a software that allowed me to adjust the transparency of an image like Canva. The only drawback to Canva is that it doesn’t allow video to be uploaded into the designs.
Canva can be utilized in so many different ways in the classroom: making visual aids to display in the classroom, making presentations that can assist with lectures to keep interest, creating homework assignments, and having students create their own projects with Canva. Canva can be beneficial to every area of study. For example, art teachers can use Canva to teach students about graphic design, math teachers can easily show information through the easy to use charts, graphs, and tables offered on Canva, science teachers can utilize the presentations for clearly delivering information etc.