Showing posts with label poster making tools. Show all posts
Showing posts with label poster making tools. Show all posts

Teachers Guide to Creating Rich Interactive Visuals Using ThingLink

July 22, 2014
ThingLink is an excellent web tool that allows you to create interactive images online. The images you create can come alive by adding to them text, video, music, and links. ThingLink has also recently rolled out a new feature, which is still in beta, that allows you to add interactive pinmarks to YouTube videos. These pin marks can be links to other videos or websites.

The ability to enrich images with different media content makes ThingLink an ideal tool to incorporate in your instruction. There are a variety of ways you can use ThingLink with your students and the visual below provides 27 examples of activities that students can do using this platform. Click here to access the full visual.



The process to create your first interactive image is pretty basic. Here is how to do it:

1- First register with ThingLink. You can use the basic account which is free for personal use. Once logged in click on "create"




2- There are four ways to upload an image to your ThingLink account: you can upload one from your hard-drive, import it from Facebook, use a public Flickr image, or use one hosted online.
Keep in mind  that the maximum image size is 25MB. And if you are planning to add lots of text to it, make sure you use PNG instead of JPEG images.





3- When your image is uploaded  click on " click to add a tag" to start adding content to your image.



2- The content you can add to your image can be links to websites, videos, music, photos and text. To add more content just click anywhere on the image and a pop-up window will appear where you can add in your content.



3- Once your interactive image is ready you can then share it in different ways : via social media outlets, through email, as a direct link or embed HTML code.




Here is an example of how an interactive image created by ThingLink looks like. Hover your mouse over the image to access the links. This ThingLink is created by Dion.


Canva- A Great Web Tool for Creating Mini-posters for Class

July 18, 2014
Canva is another web tool you can use with your students to create mini-posters for your class. Canva is easy to use and has user friendly interface. The process of creating a visual through Canva is as simple as drag and drop. Canva provides you with a wide variety of images and clip arts that you can modify to suit your purposes. You can even upload your own images to use as background in your graphics.

There are different ways to use Canva in your class. You can , for instance, create a mini poster explaining a learning process, or use it to design flyers advertising a classroom event. You can also use Canva to create covers for your presentations.

To start using Canva, you need to register. Registration is free and all you need is an email and a password. Once registered you can then pick a design from the collection provided there. There are designs for presentations, covers, and flyers and blog graphics.



Once you selected your design, give it a title and proceed to the customization of your template by choosing a layout, add text, add a background or upload your image. You can also use the plus and minus buttons to set the size of your poster.



When your poster is ready you can either download it in PDF or PNG format or share it with others using a link.  You can also share it via Facebook or Twitter. Bear in mind that all the posters you download for free will have Canva watermark on them. To remove the watermark, Canva charges you a dollar for the download.



Watch the video below to learn more about Canva





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A Good Free Web Tool to Create Classroom Posters

June 9, 2014
After we have learned how to create a classroom poster using Google Draw, I am introducing you today to another awesome web tool which will enable you to design gorgeous classroom visuals. This tool is called Pixteller . I have been tinkering with it for awhile and found it really worth using. This is particularly relevant for creating illustrated quotes and short posters for your class. Here is one I created for the purposes of this tutorial :



Pixteller is completely free to use. And while you can use it without being registered, only registered members are able to download posters with no watermarks. Once registered , follow this visual guide to create your first poster.

There are actually two ways to creat a poster using Pixteller:

The first method is to build it from scratch . Here is how to do it :

Click on "create" button



Set the image height




Select the background you want by choosing from solid colour, Liniar Gradient, Circular Gradient, and Texture.

You can also upload a photo and use it as a background. You can use photos hosted online or ones that are saved on your computer.



Click on "text" and type in your text. You can customize the font of your text, its size and its placement. You can also click on "more" icon to apply different text effects.



Pixteller provides a gallery of different free icons to use on your poster. These icons are organized into various categories. To integrate an icon into your poster, click on "icon" and choose from the categories.

Click on "finish" and type in a title for your poster. Check the private post box if you don't want others to see it.



Second Method

The second way to create a poster is to use one of the pre-made themes provided by Pixteller. Here is how to do it :

Click on "theme" button and select from the themes available there


When you find the theme you want , click on the "Repix" button



Now you can customize the look of the theme by going through the same steps mentioned in the first method. You can add text and icons; change background colour and texture and add images, When you are done click on" create image" Scroll down under the poster and use the sharing buttons to share your poster on popular social media or click on " download" to download it your to your computer and print it off to use with your students.


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3 Excellent Tools to Create Interactive Posters and Visuals for Your Class

February 1, 2014
Interactive visuals are great learning and teaching materials to  use with your students in the classroom. From explaining  difficult processes to visual brainstorming, interactive graphics are a good way to consolidate students learning and promote their comprehension. Below are three of the web tools I would recommend for creating interactive visuals, I know there are several other titles to add to this list but the ones below are, in my view, more student-friendly and simpler to use.



1-Thinglink



I love this web tool. Thinglink allows you to bring life to your pictures and make them interactive through adding to them links, videos, music, and text. Your images can either be uploaded to your Thinglink account either from your hard drive or import them from the web, Flickr or Facebook. ThingLink images are also shareable, and embeddable, with a click to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and email.

2- PiktoChart


This is another wonderful web tool to create interactive visuals and posters for your Class. PiktoChart provides you with a number of templates to choose from and allows you to customize them the way you want. It also lets you add links to images and text embedded in your templates. Your final image is shareable through popular social media networks or via download. However, the free version is limited in terms of how many templates you are offered and also in terms of the number of image uploads you are permitted.

3- Glogster

Glogster is a social network that allows users to create free interactive posters, or Glogs. A "Glog", short for "graphics blog", is an interactive multimedia image.Glogster empowers educators and students with the technology to create  online multimedia posters - with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more.

Good Web Tools to Create Classroom Posters

Are you looking for tools to create classroom posters ? The collection below has probably what you are looking for. This is a list of some popular web tools that teachers can use with their students to create visually attractive graphics that can embed a wide range of media forms including: image, text, graphs, and drawings.



I personally find myself using Google Drawing more often than anything else. I find it much more practical as it is already integrated with Google Drive and so everything I create on it is automatically saved to my Drive account. Google Drawing also has a simple and easy to use set of drawing tools which I am pretty sure your students will enjoy working with. I have already written a detailed visual guide on how to use Google Draw to create classroom posters, I invite you to check it out here.

There are also several good alternatives to Google Draw which you can find below. This edshelf list is curated by Holly Witt and I came across it in teachthought.com.

9 Steps to Create A Classroom Poster Using Google Docs

I have been sharing a great deal of educational posters here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. I love using posters with my students and I know many of you love them too. Sometimes it seems like we can not find the exact poster we want for our class and this is when we need to use our techy skills to craft our own posters. The process is not very hard and anybody with the rudimentary tech knowledge can do it in a matter of minutes. I have already featured a post containing several web tools to help you create your posters. However, I recently got some requests from some of my readers asking me about the tool I used in creating the posters I shared in my Freebies section. The answer is Google Docs.Google Docs has a drawing canvas that is really excellent for creating posters for your classroom and here is a step by step guide on how to do it. Enjoy


Click on each image to see it in full view

1- Open Google Docs, click on create, then on drawing


2- Give your poster a title and enlarge the drawing canvas


3- Customize the background of your poster


3- You can use an image as a background of your poster or you can insert as many images as you want into the content of your poster as is shown in the screenshot below. You can also insert shapes, callouts

4- Insert lines, arrows, and text


5-  Click on Insert menu to choose among many actions as shown in the screenshot

6- Create titles using word art


7- Using the authoring tools to : chose background of your text, line weight, line color...etc



8- Sharing your poster


9- Downloading your poster

The Best 8 Tools to Create Posters for your Classroom

Posters are great educational tools to use with your students. Their importance stems from the fact that they present information, facts, and data not only in a visually attractive way but also using a multi-modal system that combines signs, images, charts..........and texts. They are probably like infographics except that they are smaller and neater.
recommended : The Best Free Web Tools to Create Educational Infographics.

You might have noticed that I have been posting several posters here either done by me or created by other educational bloggers and I have even devoted an entire section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning to educational posters. I am planning to create a free repository of some of the best educational posters for teachers to use in their classroom and  I am doing a great job in my selections so far. However, today, I am sharing with you great web tools that you can use to create your own posters and customize them the way you want. Check out the list below and share with us what you think of them . Enjoy

1- Poster My Wall


This is one of the most popular web tools out there. It allows you to create awesome posters using either your own images or from the selection provided there. You can also make posters of different sizes.

2- Befunky

This is basically a photo editor that allows users to create posters. You can upload your own images and add text and several other effects to them

3- Picassa

This is a powerful free image hosting and editing tool. It can also enable you to create your own posters , just head over to "Create", Make a Poster and you will be provided with different image and text editing tools to create your own posters.


4- Art Skills

You can use the poster making wizard of Arts Skills to create engaging posters. Just like the other tools mentioned above this one too provides a variety of easy and simple to use features.

5- Muzy Thoughts

This is a really cool web tool to use to create posters for your classroom. Muzy provides you with already made backgrounds and all you have to do is type in your text and you are ready to go.

6- Posterini

This is an online web tool that lets you create posters with WYSIWYC interface. You can upload your own images and use them as  backgrounds.


7- Smore

This is an ideal web tool for those interested in creating flyers. It is very easy to use and has a user friendly interface.

8- Zeen 

Zeen is another great tool you should consider when thinking about creating engaging posters to use with your students. It allows for a combination of words, images, maps, links, videos and many more.