I had a really good time creating my visual tool this week. I think it is a good skill to be able to create a visual for people to see when reading information or learning about something new. I decided to work with the Canva tool because the reviews that discussed it were all amazing! I was scared to create a visual tool because every time that I have tried to create anything using technology, it ends up looking awful and amateur. Canva looked simpler to use than the other options, so if I am being honest, that is why I decided to work with it!
Canva did a great job of explaining exactly how to use its tools. The only downside of this site was that a lot of the options require a membership or a payment to be used, but there are still plenty of options that are free! When I got to the site, there was a 23 second tutorial that explained exactly how to complete each step. My favorite part about the site was that you can choose the overall reason for creating your tool, so I chose education, and then I was given TONS of options of visuals that I could customize such as posters, art for a YouTube channel, a blog cover, a logo, and so much more. I chose to create a header for a Twitter page, and it was so much fun to do.
My idea for a Twitter header came about when I thought about the idea of creating a technology-based cookbook. My Independent Learning Project has not only helped me with my cooking skills, but it has made me more passionate about cooking than I ever have been! In my house, we have about 40 cookbooks, binders of family recipes, notecards and written recipes from friends and family, and printed out recipes that were found on blogs and Pinterest. It is a complete mess trying to find any specific recipe, so most of the time I don’t even bother. Instead, I pull out my phone, search for the food I am interested in cooking, screenshot it, and then get cooking! Because of this, I realized that so many people use the internet to find recipes these days, so it would be a good idea to make a Twitter page filled with my favorite recipes. I could just go to my page whenever I wanted to cook, and find anything that I was looking for!
I think that ideas like mine, a Twitter page for recipes, are becoming really popular these days because of how fast technology is growing and how much we are relying on it for everything that we do. People are going to the internet to find EVERYTHING, and when they see an appealing visual, they are going to be more likely to click on that link, remember what they saw, and use the information. The same goes for the classroom. Students will remember what sparked their interest, and using visuals is going to help do that. I plan to use visuals, colors, logos, art, and every other visual design that I can get my hands on so that my students are engaged and excited about what they are learning.
Thanks for reading,