This is by far one of the neatest tools ever made. I remember back in the day making portfolio pages for college using Microsoft Word. I would insert pictures, designs, Word Art, and spend hours making different pages. This required a lot of creativity to design a page out of thin air. Canva is a IOS app and web based tool that allows users to create beautiful designs with the use of hundreds of already pre-made templates. If you are looking to create your own designs, logos, newsletters, collages, charts, menus, gift certificate, poster, business card, invitation, than this is the place for you. Use your imagination and templates from Canva to make original works of art.
Have your students get creative and design sequential collages, business designs, projects, magazine covers, and so much more. Give your students the power to become a graphic designer with the free tools that Canva has to offer.
Check out the following Canva designs I made in less than 5 minutes. The collage of my daughter was made on my iPad, and the magazine cover promoting my blog was made on my computer.
ClassDojo is a positive classroom management tool which provides parents with accurate feedback about their child. Over 3 million teachers are using this free service. Check out this website to explore 25 ways teachers are using ClassDojo.
One new ClassDojo update is a feature called Class Story. Class Story is similar to a Facebook for your classroom. It gives teachers the ability to share highlights, pictures, announcements, and links to parents to keep them informed. Parents are not able to post anything on the Class Story wall. They only have the ability to view posts on the wall and "like" them. Check out this feature in your ClassDojo account, or sign up for an account here.
Plickers is one tech tool that many teachers love, and the app keeps coming out with new updates. In the most recent update, Plickers allows users to create folders to help organize their questions. Folders make it easy to not only create questions, but to make the process of using Plickers in the classroom much easier.
For those of you who do not know what Plickers is, it is a student response program (similar to clickers) that uses only ONE classroom device and QR codes. The teacher uses the classroom device (iPad, iPhone, tablet, etc.) to scan students holding QR code cards. If a student thinks the answer to a question is "A", then the student will rotate their QR code card so "A" is facing up. The teacher then scans the class using their device to collect responses. This tool not only is fun and engaging, but it gives students confidence that they will not get singled out for providing the wrong answer.
Check out Plickers here.