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Comic Strips Templates - Canva

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K to 12
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Design and share high-quality comic strips using the many free templates from Canva's Comic Strip Templates. Choose from numerous colorful designs in various formats, including single...more
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Design and share high-quality comic strips using the many free templates from Canva's Comic Strip Templates. Choose from numerous colorful designs in various formats, including single strips or comics with multiple frames. Begin by using the dropdown box to find free templates, narrow choices by color if desired. After selecting a template, choose the link to customize. Each template includes several pages that form a complete cartoon, a blank frame, and illustration sets to enter with your design. The share option offers the ability to share creations with others and allow them to edit the comic. When complete, download your finished cartoon to your device as a PDF file or PDF, JPG, or GIF image.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (41), graphic design (46)

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Engage students by using the templates to display the day's vocabulary word, the math puzzle of the week, a concept your students are learning in social studies or science as an example, and engage students. Have students create comic strips for dialog-writing lessons, summarizing, predicting, and retelling stories. Use comic strips for literature responses. For pre-reading students, create a comic of pictures and tell the story based on the pictures/scenes. It's a good idea to require students to create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. Make a class book of the comics created throughout the year. That book is likely to become a class favorite! Use comics to show sequencing of events. When studying characterization, create a dialog to show (not tell) about a character. World language and ENL/ESL teachers can assign students to create dialog strips as an alternate to a traditional assessment. Have students share all of their comics on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Photopea - photopea.com

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6 to 12
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Photopea is an advanced image editor similar to Photoshop but available within your browser for free and doesn't require registration. Files opened in Photopea save to PSD format; however,...more
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Photopea is an advanced image editor similar to Photoshop but available within your browser for free and doesn't require registration. Files opened in Photopea save to PSD format; however, you can upload JPG and other file formats to use in Photopea to add and edit information. Other options for sharing completed images include publishing products to Imgur in PNG or JPG format. Use the "Learn" link found at the top of the page to access the site's tutorials for using the different features available.
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tag(s): editing (78), images (253)

In the Classroom

Previous experience with layer-based design software editing such as Photoshop is extremely beneficial. The Photopea Learn page provides helpful tutorials, but individuals without previous training may need additional support.

Challenge students to learn about the different options and features included with Photopea, then create and share video tutorials for their peers using a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. As your students become familiar with the different features, have students include their edited images in any multimedia projects. Include images when using Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here, when creating videos, flyers, or websites. Include images with storytelling projects created with Sway, reviewed here.

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Fresh Folk - Leni Kauffman

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K to 12
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Fresh Folk is a downloadable library of editable people and objects. Enter your email and download the versatile library of items, including mix and match characters and various objects...more
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Fresh Folk is a downloadable library of editable people and objects. Enter your email and download the versatile library of items, including mix and match characters and various objects to use when creating scenes. After selecting to download the images, all files are saved to your computer in a zip folder, open the folder to access all of the shared items. All images are in PSD format for use with Photoshop. Use Photoshop tools to edit all features of images, including text, color, layers, and more.

tag(s): editing (78), images (253)

In the Classroom

Previous experience with layer-based design software editing such as Photoshop is extremely beneficial.

Include this library of objects for students to use with any digital projects. If you or your students, don't use PhotoShop, edit images using Photopea, reviewed here, then save in PNG or SVG format. Include the multicultural images when creating classroom newsletters, calendars, and worksheets. Ask students to use the images when creating digital books or multimedia projects. For example, include images when making digital books with Book Creator, reviewed here, or include with explainer videos created using Powtoon, reviewed here.

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Trace - Stickermule

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K to 12
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Trace is a simple to use photo editing tool that instantly removes backgrounds from images and changes backgrounds. After creating an account, upload your photo, and Trace removes the...more
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Trace is a simple to use photo editing tool that instantly removes backgrounds from images and changes backgrounds. After creating an account, upload your photo, and Trace removes the background and leaves the image's main focus. Download the edited image as a PNG file or continue through the additional options to add a new color background, upload a new image for the background, use one of Trace's background images, or edit using the crop tool. When finished, download your image to your device.

tag(s): editing (78), images (253), preK (229)

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Bookmark this site for many classroom uses. Combine your downloaded image with others using a variety of tools, including Google Slides. Choose a background image of a city being studied, a different time, or in a far-away setting like the moon, then place your student image on top. Resize the image to fit the scene. Include this image as a starter for class projects. Use images on top of book covers for book talks, create images for story characters and heroes, or use for weather reports. The ideas for using this tool are only limited by your imagination and that of your students. Use your new images to modify or redefine classroom technology use by creating a ThingLink, reviewed here, presentation that includes text, videos, and more.

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Text Giraffe - FlamingText.com

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K to 12
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Create a unique and appealing logo easily with Text Giraffe logo creator. Type in your text or headline to generate dozens of logo choices. After selecting a logo, choose from ...more
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Create a unique and appealing logo easily with Text Giraffe logo creator. Type in your text or headline to generate dozens of logo choices. After selecting a logo, choose from the provided size options and download it to your computer using the right-click on your mouse and save.
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tag(s): design (82), drawing (57), graphic design (46), images (253)

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Use Text Giraffe in a variety of ways to engage students and bring interest to any project. Have students design a logo to include as part of written presentations. Include a logo as part of a Google Slides presentation, < a href="/single.cfm?id=18896">reviewed here. Use in Google Slides to design an image that includes their logo then save as a JPG for use within other projects such as digital books or infographics.
 

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Apagraph - Artem Rudenko

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K to 12
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Apagraph is a quick and easy tool for combining quotes and images for social media use. Click to start your graphic and type a quote. Select from the included backgrounds ...more
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Apagraph is a quick and easy tool for combining quotes and images for social media use. Click to start your graphic and type a quote. Select from the included backgrounds found at the bottom of the page and choose "next." Add tags and categories if desired, and choose from privacy options before publishing. Your image is ready to share! Be sure to check out the privacy options, images not set to private will be included in the public stream and allows others to like and comment on your image. Use the links found at the bottom of the page to share directly to Facebook, Twitter, or to copy the URL. After publication, locate your image in your stream and use additional links to download to your computer in the format you select.

tag(s): graphic design (46), images (253), quotations (21)

In the Classroom

Create quick motivational or introductory quotes to share on your interactive whiteboard for when students enter the class or to use for a journal prompt. Use Apagraph to create attention-grabbing images to include with your Twitter posts. Share this site with students to use with slide show and multimedia presentations. Transform classroom technology by asking students to include their graphic images when using a presentation tool like Sway, reviewed here, to highlight different portions of their work.

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Adobe Spark for Education - Adobe

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K to 12
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Adobe Spark offers this version of it's popular presentation tool, reviewed here, specifically for education. Use Spark to create web pages, video...more
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Adobe Spark offers this version of it's popular presentation tool, reviewed here, specifically for education. Use Spark to create web pages, video presentations, and graphics using the available templates and graphics tools. The Education version provides enhanced data privacy, the ability for students to log in with an existing school id, and school administration of accessibility features. In addition, Spark for Education includes many lessons for all grade levels. Spark is available through your school's Adobe Admin Counsel if your IT team already uses Adobe products. If not, follow directions on the site to set up and begin using this tool.

tag(s): blogs (72), creative writing (115), multimedia (47), posters (42), video (244)

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Use Spark for Education to create videos of student presentations for any subject. Create videos of images taken during science experiments and class field trips to share on your website. Enhance student learning by asking students to create infographics explaining facts and information about states, countries, planets, and more. Have students create interactive posters, book report covers, invitations, and flyers to promote school events. Spark offers many possibilities for graphics, redefining student technoolgy use, and extending student learning by having students create multimedia presentations in all classrooms.

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Snappa - Nosco Media Inc

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K to 12
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Snappa is an easy to use graphics editor. Use your own images or choose from Snappa's large library of over 500,000 royalty-free, licensed for commercial use images, 200 fonts, and...more
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Snappa is an easy to use graphics editor. Use your own images or choose from Snappa's large library of over 500,000 royalty-free, licensed for commercial use images, 200 fonts, and 70,000 graphics. After choosing your image size use the site's templates to begin a design, or start with a blank canvas to create your own. Use the tools on the dashboard to change backgrounds, add effects, personalize text, and more. When complete, download to your computer or share to your connected social media sites. The free plan provides five downloads per month and limited templates. At the time of this review, the majority of templates are free.

tag(s): graphic design (46), images (253), posters (42), slides (47)

In the Classroom

Use Snappa to create graphics for any class presentations. Ask students to create a graphic (i.e poster) for an "all about me" introduction at the beginning of the school year, then include these graphics in an online book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Create graphic book covers as book reviews. Transform classroom technology use and include graphics in multimedia presentations created using Sway, reviewed here, or Adobe Spark for Education, reviewed here.

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Crello - Depositphotos

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K to 12
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Crello is a visual editor for creating social media images, banners, animated designs, and more. Choose from Crello's extensive library of templates and photos, or use your own. Select...more
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Crello is a visual editor for creating social media images, banners, animated designs, and more. Choose from Crello's extensive library of templates and photos, or use your own. Select the type of media to create to begin a project, open your workspace, and personalize different features. Check out the How to Guide in the lower left corner of the page. Create an account using email to download and share finished projects.

tag(s): digital storytelling (127), graphic design (46), images (253), infographics (52), posters (42), slides (47), social media (44)

In the Classroom

Share Crello with students as a tool for creating posters, infographics, and other visual media for any project. Begin by displaying this site on your interactive whiteboard and demonstrating how to use the different features and discussing how to find the free materials available. Have students create a screencast using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to demonstrate how to use the different features of Crello and include their screencasts on your class website for student use at home and at school. Instead of a book report, have students create a simple webpage; use WebNode, reviewed here, and include a banner or poster created using Crello to share their ideas. Ask students to use this site to create an infographic sharing nutrition facts, events in world history, or any other information learned in class.

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Design Wizard - Design Wizard

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K to 12
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Design Wizard is an online photo editor app. Create an account using email or login with a Facebook or Google account and verify with a link sent to your email. ...more
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Design Wizard is an online photo editor app. Create an account using email or login with a Facebook or Google account and verify with a link sent to your email. Choose the link to create a new design to access tools on the dashboard. Choose from thousands of templates and images to create designs for social media, cards, posters, book covers, and much more. When finished, use links to download or share. Note: a great deal of the preloaded content is not free; however, Design Wizard allows users to upload their own images to edit and share.

tag(s): design (82), graphic design (46), images (253), social media (44)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the many features included with Design Wizard to upload and edit images. Have students use their images to create book covers instead of assigning a traditional book report. As students learn about advertiser tactics, use the ad template and have students create truthful advertisements for products. Create flyers to invite parents to school programs. Ask students to create a flyer that might have been used to invite others to a historical event. The possibilities are as endless as you and your students' imaginations.

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DesignCap Poster Creator - PearlMountain

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K to 12
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Create free posters in three easy steps without registration using DesignCap. Begin by selecting a template from the many offerings on the site. Use the tools to edit your posters ...more
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Create free posters in three easy steps without registration using DesignCap. Begin by selecting a template from the many offerings on the site. Use the tools to edit your posters features including text, images, and background. Upload your images to use or choose from clipart available in DesignCap. When finished, share to social media using the provided link, download to your computer, or print your project. Registration isn't required; however, it gives you the ability to save projects to your online account.

tag(s): images (253), posters (42)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of this free resource to create posters for any topic. Have students design poster book covers to summarize stories read. Include posters with student blogging projects as part of an online portfolio. Replace paper pen by asking students to write blogs sharing information learned using a site like Edublog, reviewed here. Edublog offers tools for creating class and individual blogs. Extend student learning and classroom technology use by asking older students to create posters of different cultures and countries, then include them in a virtual field trip using Google My Maps, reviewed here. With Google My Maps students can embed images and videos onto their pointers and shapes for any given location. Challenge science and math students to create posters demonstrating an understanding of topics using their own words and images.

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DesignEvo Free Online Logo Maker - DesignEvo

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5 to 12
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Design a free logo with DesignEvo, no download or registration required! Find icons from the millions in the site's library, then add and customize text and shapes to create your ...more
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Design a free logo with DesignEvo, no download or registration required! Find icons from the millions in the site's library, then add and customize text and shapes to create your logo. Change colors, add backgrounds, and much more. When finished, download to your computer. One caveat, before downloading you must give credit by sharing DesignEvo on your social media account or using the embed code on your website.

tag(s): design (82), drawing (57), graphic design (46), images (253)

In the Classroom

Use this site as part of any graphic design or art class to learn about the use of color, text, or design. Have students design a logo for your classroom or school, then use a different logo each month on your class website, newsletter, or any classroom communications. Have students design a logo for a book character to use on their "pretend" business card. Ask students to create their own personal logo for use on a business card. The possibilities are never-ending!
 

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Inkscape - The Inkscape Project

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6 to 12
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Inkscape is a free vector graphics software program. Download it to your computer using the provided links for different operating systems. Use Inkscape to create icons, logos, maps,...more
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Inkscape is a free vector graphics software program. Download it to your computer using the provided links for different operating systems. Use Inkscape to create icons, logos, maps, and more. The software supports many different file formats and has an extensive set of drawing tools. View the many tutorials found on the site to learn how to use Inkscape and understand the many features available for use. The video tutorials reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): design (82), graphic design (46), images (253)

In the Classroom

Include Inkscape as part of any graphics art program. Allow students to use the program to create digital icons for school projects, logos for athletic teams, or enhance images for school yearbooks.

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Book Creator - Red Jumper Limited

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K to 12
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Create beautiful, multimedia digital books with Book Creator. Follow the site's prompts to add video, text, images, and audio to your book. You can also choose Remixable Books to get...more
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Create beautiful, multimedia digital books with Book Creator. Follow the site's prompts to add video, text, images, and audio to your book. You can also choose Remixable Books to get you and your class started. When finished, publish and share your book using the site's web-based reader for access on any device. A special, new feature is you can see how many times your book has been read and where. Be sure to follow the short tutorial after signing up to learn about the many features for creating, storing, and sharing your books. The free plan offers one activity library with storage of up to 40 books. BookCreator presents a variety of levels for technology use depending on teacher requirements for the project, or even student ability; it allows for adding narration, videos, text and links to help explain the art work. Book Creator can be used on iPads, Macs, Android devices, PCs, and on Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Chrome Browsers.

tag(s): collaboration (78), digital storytelling (127), ebooks (35), preK (229), reading comprehension (121), writing (280)

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Create books together, as a class, as you move through a unit or topic. Enhance student learning by adding images and ideas your students suggest. Use in a flipped classroom to deliver course information. Assign several student groups a different topic and redefine their learning by having each group create their own multimedia versions as they learn more about the topic. Students can combine their books later as a class book. Make a digital bookshelf of all the versions for all to use. Challenge gifted students to modify the "standard" class text with the additional material they discover, by going deeper and learning about related topics. In lower grades, create teacher-made e-books for your young readers, perhaps adding audio - your own voice reading the text.

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DesignBold - Hung Dinh

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K to 12
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Design almost any photo project with drag and drop features and DesignBold's pre-made templates. Pick from template options including newsletters, posters, and much more. After choosing...more
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Design almost any photo project with drag and drop features and DesignBold's pre-made templates. Pick from template options including newsletters, posters, and much more. After choosing a template, personalize features including text, images, and backgrounds. When finished, download to your computer or create an account using your email to save on DesignBold's site.
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tag(s): graphic design (46), images (253), posters (42), slides (47)

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Create a slideshow, invitations, or photo collages for any classroom presentation. In the younger grades, teachers would be the ones creating the project. However, older students could easily create one themselves! Enhance classroom technology by having students create their own DesignBold presentations. Have students use this online tool as they would any presentation tool or image enhancing site. Use this site for research projects about famous people from the past and present. Have cooperative learning groups create presentations about science or math topics. Have students create presentations to "introduce" themselves to the class during the first week of school. Link or embed the introduction presentations on your class wiki and have others guess who they are about. Use this tool with your 1:1 art class for students to practice design principles and techniques. Share student projects with parents and others via URL. Be sure to demonstrate HOW to use this tool on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Genially - Genial.ly

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K to 12
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Create impressive, interactive posters, images, infographics, charts, presentations and anything else you can think of with Genially. Easily insert maps, surveys, video, audio and more....more
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Create impressive, interactive posters, images, infographics, charts, presentations and anything else you can think of with Genially. Easily insert maps, surveys, video, audio and more. Select from a multitude of templates! Genially is an all-in-one tool that will soon become your go-to tool for creating visual content. Register for the free account with email, or a Google or Facebook account, and then start creating (as many visuals as you'd like)! Share creations on different social networks, copying and pasting a link, using an HTML code to embed it in a website/blog, or sending it directly by e-mail. Click Learn at the top to find FAQs, a blog, and video tutorials. The videos reside on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.
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tag(s): charts and graphs (167), digital storytelling (127), images (253), infographics (52), interactive stories (18), multimedia (47), posters (42), video (244)

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Click Create to find a category from which you want your students to work; present several using a projector or on an interactive whiteboard. Show the interactivity to students. Then, create one together as a class to try out the tools (don't forget to name it). Keep it simple or add all the bells and whistles. Preview as you work or return later to complete and publish. Of course, you will want to model and teach appropriate documentation of any sources of images and media you use and to use copyrighted works legally.

There are limitless ideas for using genially in the classroom! Here are just a few: Ask students to create their own Genially as a new way to assess understanding: you could even provide links to images and raw materials they may use (especially if you have students who need extra scaffolding), and they can work with them to sequence, caption, and write about the pieces. After a first project where you possibly suggest "building blocks," the sky is the limit on what they can do. Even the very young can make suggestions as you "create" a whole-class interactive together using a projector on an interactive whiteboard. Consider making a new project for each unit you teach so students can "recap" by visiting the presentation long after the unit ends. Save student projects from year to year as examples, possibly even awarding prizes for "best" examples. Have upper elementary or middle school students create an interactive project to help "little buddies" two or three grades lower to understand a concept.

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This is a wonderful interactive poster replacement for Glogster. Shirley, CA, Grades: 6 - 12

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PosterMaker - PosterMaker

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6 to 12
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Design posters, flyers, memes, and more without registration using PosterMaker. Use the tools from this site to create designs including borders, backgrounds, frames, and much more....more
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Design posters, flyers, memes, and more without registration using PosterMaker. Use the tools from this site to create designs including borders, backgrounds, frames, and much more. When finished, save in several different formats including JPG, PNG, and PDF.

tag(s): creativity (90), digital storytelling (127), images (253), posters (42)

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Before assigning this tool for students to use, be sure to allow plenty of time for practice and familiarization with how to create and save designs. Use the Typography Generator as a perfect "getting to know you" activity for the beginning of the school year. Have students upload a picture of themselves doing their favorite activity and label it with a witty text or a favorite quote (or song lyric?). Have them upload a collage of images that represent their interests and character traits. Label it with an "I Am" poem. Print the images with text for a back to school bulletin board. At the end of the year, students could do a "that was then, this is now" collage with text. Have them upload a current picture doing a favorite activity, and different images that represent new interests they have learned this year. Post the images or collages side by side for spring open house night or as a year-end activity. Students could use this tool to put images with a poem they created. For ideas for images/scenes for their poems, you may want to have them use WordsEye, reviewed here. With WordsEye students can put in lines from their poem and "position" words to create a scene. Then, right click to save their scene to their device. Other uses for PoterMaker would be to have students practice new words in a world language class by labeling and identifying images in that language. Create writing prompts using several annotated images. Have students create annotated images to explain key terms in science class. In ELA class, make homophone or vocabulary images to show the correct word along with an image that explains it.

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Lucidpress - Lucid Software Inc

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K to 12
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Create and share beautiful digital content with Lucidpress. Start at the Educators link to access your FREE educator account. After registering for a free account, follow the...more
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Create and share beautiful digital content with Lucidpress. Start at the Educators link to access your FREE educator account. After registering for a free account, follow the prompts to add a document type from the available templates. Short tutorials along the way help guide you on using available features. The easy drag and drop features allow you to personalize flyers, posters, presentations, and more. The free features allow you to include three pages per document and up to 25mb storage; however, signing up as an educator includes access to many more additional features such as team management and up to 5gb storage for your team. This requires signing up with a school email address.

tag(s): digital storytelling (127), posters (42), social media (44)

In the Classroom

Have students collaborate on any kind of document using Lucidpress. Users can view, edit, and comment as they work together. The possible uses are only limited by your imagination! Create your own story page for parents and students where they can stay updated about what is happening in your classroom. Have students create a visual story to accompany books read in class, tell about social studies events, or display images for different science terms. Make flyers for upcoming events, to share book reviews, or as campaign posters for class elections.

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Gravit Designer - Alexander Adam

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4 to 12
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Gravit is a vector-based design tool for creating social media covers, websites, postcards, flyers, infographics, and much more. Create your account to view tutorials and begin creating...more
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Gravit is a vector-based design tool for creating social media covers, websites, postcards, flyers, infographics, and much more. Create your account to view tutorials and begin creating designs. Use Gravit's pre-designed templates or start from a blank layout. The creation tools offer you the opportunity to add images, text, and much more. Create an organization in Gravit to add other users and work as a team to create designs. When finished, save and share your design or download to your computer choosing from available file options. Use Gravit on the web or as a download on your computer. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): graphic design (46), images (253), social networking (83)

In the Classroom

Use Gravit to create an interesting graphic for your Twitter or classroom YouTube account. Allow students to create postcards using Gravit to write and illustrate a message from a character in a novel. Create a flyer (poster) advertising books read, make an infographic showing details from events in history, or challenge students to create a cover for their blog entries using Gravit.

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Sign Generator - Ryland Sanders

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K to 12
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Create a personalized sign using the many templates offered on the Sign Generator. Options include personalized cakes, cartoon characters, movie marquees, and much more. Click the thumbnail...more
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Create a personalized sign using the many templates offered on the Sign Generator. Options include personalized cakes, cartoon characters, movie marquees, and much more. Click the thumbnail of the design you want, add your text into the provided lines, and click the link to finish. Your personalized sign appears on a popup image ready to save onto your computer.
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tag(s): graphic design (46), images (253), photography (129), posters (42)

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Create signs to include with multimedia projects. Customize a sign for use on your interactive whiteboard with directions for seat work or to introduce students presenting projects to the class. Have students use the images to give short story summaries using only four to six words. Create a set of class rules using one of the templates, and then print and post them on a bulletin board.
 

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