Free Online Infographic Maker by Canva

I like to use Canva to create posters about upcoming events at the library. But now I can use it to create infographics! Now I just need some info to graph…

There is a user-friendly app for free on the app store, but I just checked and it seems that the have not added the infographic template yet… hopefully it will be there by September so that we can begin info graphing with our students!

Design awesome infographics that go viral with Canva’s amazingly simple drag-and-drop tool. Free!

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27 FREE Canva EDU Lesson Plans

This is super interesting – lesson plans from actual teachers on how to use the free Canva tool for info graphics on different subjects. I checked out the one on Biodoversity. Everything you need to equip your students with the tools to make an informative and visually appealing infographic !

A thoughtful collection of lesson plans for all grade levels and subject areas utilizing Canva

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mauilibrarian2 in Olinda: Five Apps That Enchanted Me in 2014 and I’m Taking with Me into 2015

Okay, Okay. Given the weather in the last few days, I admit to a tad bit of masochism as I check out Mauilibrarian’s lovely blog. But she also has some great tools and tips so it is not completely an exercise in self-flagellation. I agree with her about the Canva app (works on desktop and also has a nice iPad app I wrote about recently). I am excited to try Flipgrid, which looks like it could be very useful for different projects.

And her Instagram account. Well, okay. That’s just masochism.

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rAPPido Review: the new Canva app!

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 9.04.48 AMOh, how I love templates. How I appreciate a funky, new design where I can simply plug in my information and let all those people with a modicum of aesthetics do all the hard work for me.

Imagine my excitement when I heard through this article that Canva, which up to now was only a web-based application, now has a new app!

Price: free

What is it?

Canva helps you create posters, invites, info graphics, etc. It has many , many different lay outs.

How does it work?

First, you choose a template:

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I chose to make a poster. Then scroll through the vast field of lay out options:

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Ok. Picked one. Now for my text!

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Ok. So far so good. I add the text by simply tapping on the filler words. You have to tap each line to modify the text. Here is where the app got slow, like molasses slow. I thought it was frozen but realized after a while that it was just taking a long time to process. I am not sure if this is because I am using an older iPad (iPad 3) or if it was just having a bad day…Will have to try again at a later date to test this out.

You can also add more text by choosing one of the text layouts.

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There are many layouts:

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You can move text around and change the colour of the font as well as the backgrounds:

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I was especially impressed to see that they provide the hex code for the colours, which is super handy if you want to get the colour exactly right:

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Once you are done, you can download your design as either an image or a pdf:

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But the sharing was weird. When I first tapped on the share tab, I got this message:

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So I went back to the “My designs” page and then opened my poster again and was finally able to get my sharing options:

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Even with the slowness, this poster took me only a few minutes. It is way better than what I could accomplish with powerpoint (which is the lazy way I usually make my posters) and way easier to navigate than something like photoshop (which I have valiantly attempted several times but then always run away screaming).

Here is the finished product:

Book Cafe

This is a great app for students to use when they need to make a visual for a project- from info graphics to posters to invitations, it has got something for all aspects of school life! It is also easy-to-use and free. I will be adding this app to the iPad Lab!