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Google Slide Design Tip #1- Unsplash & Explore

Google Slide Design Tip #1- Unsplash & Explore

Are you looking for some fresh design ideas for your next Google Slides presentation? I’ll be posting a series of tips in the coming weeks on ways you can use various tools within the program along with other programs that may help you with some ideas. This first video will explain how you can take a photo using Unsplash along with using the Explore feature to design your slides. Take a look and share your thoughts in the comments section.

How Can We Help Close the Digital Use Divide?

How Can We Help Close the Digital Use Divide?

Last year the United States Office of Educational Technology published the National Education Technology Plan.  You can view the entire plan at http://tech.ed.gov/netp/

There is certainly many topics to ponder from reading this plan.  One that really struck me was about the new digital divide.

..the disparity between students who use technology to create, design, build, explore, and collaborate and those who simply use technology to consume media passively

Though there is still much to be done to provide connectivity and devices in schools and communities, a more important challenge is to close the digital use divide.  Too often those students that have adequate connectivity and digital devices are merely consuming media such as through Youtube, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, and the such.  Students need some time for entertainment but how can we help them find a balance between being entertained and being creative, productive, life-long learners?  How can we move them from simply being passive to active in their use of learning with technology?

Here are the examples of active use from the report.  I’ve included some tools that come to mind that might help you in this endeavor with students.

  1. Coding
  2. Immersive Simulation
  3. Media Production
  4. Interaction with Experts
  5. Global Connections
  6. Design
  7. Peer Collaboration

What do you think?  How can we help students become active learners while taking advantage of the powerful tools that are available?

Learn more by visiting the section named Closing the Digital Use Divide from the National Educational Technology Plan. http://tech.ed.gov/netp/learning/

Canva Just Keeps Getting Better

Canva Just Keeps Getting Better

Most people know I love Canva.  It’s a fantastic tool for those of us that lack graphic design skills.  Canva just keeps getting better.  Today, they have released some updates for the iOS app store that you need to check out.  Here are some of the great enhancements.

iPad Pro + Apple Pencil functionality

  • sketch your own layout and have it snap into a tidy grid
  • pick a color from your design by using the Apple Pencil while the color wheel is open
  • high resolution graphics for the iPad Pro

Other functionality for all of us

  • portrait and landscape modes
  • split view multitasking
  • collapsible sidebar

Here is a quick creation I made from a recent college trip with my oldest daughter.  If you have never checked out Canva, today should be the day.  I would love to see one of your creations.

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Canva: A Creative Dream

Canva: A Creative Dream

Are you looking for an easy way to get your creative juices flowing when it comes to graphic design?  Look no further.  Canva makes it super simple to design a poster, Facebook cover, business card, etc.  It provides a nice variety of icons, illustrations, formatted text and photos from which you can choose.  Canva provides a nice Design School that will teach you many of the concept to fine-tune your skills in graphic design.

Here is a design I’ve done recently.  Here is a link to other designs as well.

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#Canva: Your New Design Tool

#Canva: Your New Design Tool

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t have an eye for design.  As much as I would like it to be a skill for which I excel, I just don’t have it.  That is where Canva comes into play.  This online tool is awesome.  It helps people like me put together posters, blog graphics, invitations, etc with ease.  You certainly should give it a try.  Here is a brief video I created to give you a picture of what it can do.  You may also be interested in these Mini Challenges.