Playing around with the different online graphic creation tools was interesting and frustrating for this project. I feel that I am pretty tech savvy, and if there is an interface or system I don’t know how to use, I tinker with it until I can. Honestly, I like the systems that are easy and straightforward to use and don’ take too much tinkering time to figure out how to use them. For me, that system was Canva, and that was what I ended up using to build my graphic about what I’ve learned throughout my ILP.
I initially tried Piktochart, but for me it just seemed too time consuming to figure out. I also noticed right off of the bat that they only had 3 kids of layouts: an info-graphic, presentation, or printable. Unfortunately, none of the layouts were really what I was looking for, and the options within those categories were not what I was looking for.
After feeling as if I had a “fail” on the previous website, I chose to go to Canva. Right away I knew that this was the platform that I was going to use to complete my visual graphic. I liked it so much because there were many more subcategories there than there were in Piktochart. You could create graphics for social media posts all the way to blogging and e-books. Also, within those categories there were multiple designs and layouts you could choose. The endless variety of options and the fact that you could personalize it quickly and efficiently sold me on this website.
When I went to actually make my graphic, I just used a pre-made layout, and added my own text about what I have learned through my ILP. I loved the text, and the fact that it had space for 3 pictures. I was able to add what I had learned through my ILP and why I liked giving back to people as well. It wasn’t long but it was exactly what I needed for this project. I loved that you could upload personal photos, add different styles of text, as well as icons and shapes. All of these different options, as well as the ease of use is what really sold me on Canva in the end.
With how much I loved working with Canva I believe that this is a tool that is easily integrated into the classroom. Instead of using the standard PowerPoint, you could use Canva or Piktochart, depending on what you’re presenting, to be a presentation aide. This gives students more creative freedom in what they are making. I think this is also a more modern spin on PowerPoint. It’s also free, and easy to sign up, this is something that I know I would definitely use in the future.