The online creation tool I decided to use was Canva. The reason I used this creation tool was after reading the article by Karen Jensen, Tech Review: Online Creation Tools. The author explains her excitement for the tool, and that got me really excited to get started. When I went to the main page for canva, it was very easy to create an account as I was able to link it with my Facebook account. Once I started the process of making a graphic, I was surprised with how easy it was. The first thing you do is select what you are using the account for either business, personal, or school and than you are provided with several templates from several different areas such as posters, business cards, programs, ads and several more.
I decided to create a flyer to highlight some of the information I have learned through learning how to knit with my ILP. I found several of the templates were free, but there were some paid options. It was easy to find a free flyer to make my own and adding personalized pictures was also extremely easy. There were thousands of images to choose from, but again some required payment. It was very simple to upload a picture saved on my computer and place within my flyer. I also found it very easy to replace the generic text, with the information I wanted. Overall it was extremely easy to create and customize my flyer based of the free templates.
There were very few problems I encountered while working with this program. The first is the general problem of where to start and which template I should use. After finding the one that fits my needs, I found it difficult to locate specific free images. However, this is a problem that can easily be worked around by uploading your own picture from your computers saved files. When I was looking at what information I wanted to include within my flyer, I thought what information have I learned that would make others want to learn to knit? I found it very simple to find information to fit, I actually ran out of room as there are several more health benefits that go along with knitting. I picked 3 things that I found to be most important and beneficial to others.
Once I finished my flyer I started to brainstorm ideas of how I can use Canva in my future classroom. And honestly the possibilities are endless. Between all the templates my students can learn to create a flyer based off their research project, the class can create posters to promote a bake sale, I can go on forever with the possibilities this program offers. Once my students get familiar with online creation tools it will help them in the future, as everything is turning digital. This can be a valuable lesson for my students and I think they will have a lot of fun with it.