Canva

Looking for a free online poster/graphic maker?  Canva.com is brilliant!  Empowering the world to design is their motto, and they do just that.  There are templates for just about all of your design needs.  Here are a couple of examples.

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I took the one above and created this poster to assist my folks with WIFI issues.  I posted this to twitter and on our student links page.   In addition to downloading the graphic, you can export as a link, and embed code.   This WEB2OOL also allows you to add collaborators and complete a project together.  You can also sign in with your BV Google account, one less password to remember!

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RefME

Scan your book or journal barcodes to easily acquire and generate references in seconds using your phone’s camera.  You can reference any source: books, articles, webpages, videos, newspaper, legislation, artwork and more!  It includes over 7,500 reference styles (who knew there were that many to begin with), including APA and MLA.   BV folks, you can sign in with your Google email so you won’t have yet another username and password to remember.   See my instructional video to see just how easy this is.

WIX

Need a website, Blog or Newsletter?  Wix is an EASY site that offers a free way to post your content to the web.  This is great for clubs, sports and the classroom.  Are you looking for a 2oOL for students to to use to create their own e-portfolios, this is a great option!

Teacher Integration Ideas:

ToonDoo – Comic Strip Maker

Want to make cartoon comic strips?  Use ToonDoo!  With a few clicks and some drag and drops, you will have your own comic strip.  You can turn those strips into a book as well.

Here is one that was made by one of the best at BVWest!

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Basic Instructions and tips on how to keep student content private:

ToonDoo.com – kids must register.

  1. Select Toon / Create Toon (this is if you want a small cartoon – 2 to 4 slides).
  2. Pick a layout.
  3. Drag/Drop elements.
  4. Personalize the elements with the options along the bottom.  Change size, for example (select the element, select Shrink or Enlarge).
  5. Be sure to save each one, Click ToonDoo / Save (icon in upper right of cartoon creation area).  Be sure to select “Keep it Private”.  It is Public by default.

Toons (one page comics) can be private, but unfortunately ToonBooks must be public.  In order to keep student content private, students should do a series of Toons and screen shot (Snip) each one into a word document or PowerPoint to submit to their teacher.   Use the Snipping Tool (how to on a PC) (how to on a MAC).