Using Canva in the Classroom

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or “Class-pic Civilization” Sorry about the pun.

I tried using Canva.com in the classroom with my AS Classical Civilization group today. Part of what they need to learn for the exam is key quotes from each book of the Iliad, and I wanted to find a way to make the quotes more memorable. The text is written in the Greek Epic Poetry style, and not all that easy to memorize.

I decided to try using Canva.com, a new design website, which is free to use to have the students make graphic representations of the quotes. The website has great flexibility in how the backgrounds, images, text and formatting can be manipulated, as well as a large selection of free creative commons images that can be imported. It also has the facility to upload images, so the graphics you produce can look really polished and professional. You can use the templates provided, of which there are many and produce work only using content from the website. Here are some examples of my students work using the content from the website:

 

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You can also import images from your documents, or other sources if you need to produce more specific content. Here are some examples of my students doing that:

 

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There is a lot of creative freedom in the graphic you can produce here, and I think it could be used to great effect in many subjects. The plan is next lesson I will have had these printed out, and the class is going to arrange the quotes in the order they appear in the text. A nice way to make a very dense text visual, which I hope will assist in them learning the quotes.

Just a quick post, but I was really impressed with the work that they produced. What do you think, how else could you use this tool in your classroom?

 

Cross Posted from createinnovateexplore.com

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