A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Elevate Your Instruction With Canva

Session 1: 2:45–4:15 PM, Zoom Room 2

Abstract

In today’s digital age, and especially in the remote classroom, teachers are called upon to leverage technology to provide engaging lessons. Using visual aids, in particular, has proven to be a solid strategy to present content, assess learning, and foster motivation and enjoyment in the classroom. This presentation will demonstrate how teachers can use Canva, a free online design tool, to create captivating teaching resources and creative projects for learners to develop visual literacy skills. I will share how to use the tool to create infographics, graphic organizers, and presentations that explain concepts for any subject in a visually appealing way. Even more powerful, however, is using Canva with students. I will discuss how to design project-based activities in which students tap into their creativity to represent their learning in an original way through the creation of posters, memes, videos, social media posts, among others. By becoming media creators, and not mere consumers, students become key actors in the building of their knowledge, while also sharpening their collaboration and communication skills. Attendees will engage in discussion, review of instructional strategies and material, and hands-on practice with the tool. Best practices and recommendations to scaffold content will be discussed. After this presentation, teachers will be empowered to take their lessons to the next level and add another free tech tool to their toolkit.

Presenters

Grazia Mora

California College of Communications

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (90 minute)

Audience

Teachers

Program Strands

  • All

Category Strands

  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Online Engagement and Assessment