Showing posts with label Greeting Cards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Greeting Cards. Show all posts

Monday, November 26, 2018

How to Create Custom Greeting Cards on Storyboard That

A few years ago Storyboard That introduced a great little feature for making greeting cards. Initially, it was only available for a few holidays, but now is available for all of the major greeting card holidays. This is a feature that anyone can use on Storyboard That. In the following video I demonstrate how to design and print a greeting card through Storyboard That.

Applications for Education
Design, printing, writing, and sending greeting cards can be a good way to engage elementary school students in writing correspondence.

Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on this blog. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Create Valentine's Day Cards on Canva

Valentine's Day is five days away. In elementary school it can be fun to make and distribute innocuous little greeting cards. (Middle and high school turns into a day of drama). Last week I shared directions for creating Valentine's Day cards on Storyboard That. Another option is to use the free card templates that are available on Canva.

Canva offers design templates for almost every card-giving occasion. That includes offering Valentine's Day card designs. In the video below I demonstrate how to use Canva to design cards.

If you're wondering if you can use Canva with students under the age of 13, please read this statement from Canva's CEO Cliff Obrecht.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Design and Print Valentine's Day Cards on Storyboard That

If your elementary school was like mine, on Valentine's Day your teacher would have you fill out little sheets of Valentine's Day cards to distribute to classmates or to take home to your parents. Back then our cards all came from the same template and looked more or less the same (at least they did in my class). Today, students can design their own cards to print and sign.

Storyboard That offers templates for designing and printing Valentine's Day cards. To do this your students will first have to create a simple three-frame storyboard. Then they can print the story in a foldable card format. In my video embedded below I demonstrate how to create a Valentine's Day card on Storyboard That.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Greeting Card Creators for Kids

It is the time of the year for sending greeting cards. This is a great opportunity to have students practice letter writing (yes, some people still like letters) and to practice design skills. Here are two good services that your students could use to design and print holiday greeting cards.

One of the "hidden" features of Storyboard That is a collection of templates for creating holiday greeting cards. In this video embedded below I demonstrate how to create greeting cards on Storyboard That.

Canva is a free graphic creation tool that I use to create a lot of the graphics that appear in my blog posts and Facebook posts. Canva makes it easy for anyone to create great looking graphics in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Canva offers free templates for creating holiday greetings. In this video embedded below I demonstrate how to use Canva to create greeting cards.

On a personal note, over the weekend we made some hilariously bad attempts at taking a photo for our Christmas card (you try getting a 16 month old, a 6 week old, and two dogs to cooperate). Eventually, we decided to embrace the chaos and just use the outtakes in a collage-style Christmas card.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Storyboard That Introduces Birthday Card Templates

Storyboard That turned five years old last week. To mark the occasion they published new birthday card templates. The birthday card templates work just like the other greeting card templates that you can find within Storyboard That. To create a card students first need to create a three frame story which they can then convert into a card using one of the many birthday card templates.

Watch my video embedded below to learn how to create greeting cards on Storyboard That.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

How to Use Storyboard That to Create Greeting Cards

Earlier this week I published a tutorial on using Canva to create simple holiday greeting cards. Storyboard That also offers some good templates for creating holiday greeting cards. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to do that.

Applications for Education
As I wrote earlier this week, if you're thinking about giving an assignment in which your students write letters to family members for the holidays, consider using one of Storyboard That's handy templates.

Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on this blog.

Monday, February 8, 2016

5 Ways Your Students Can Create Digital Valentine's Day Greetings

With Valentine's Day coming up next weekend I'm reminded of filling out little Valentine's Day cards in elementary school. In talking with a friend who teaches elementary school, she confirmed that many classes still do that. Besides paper cards there are other options for creating Valentine's Day greetings.

Animoto has video templates for almost every occasion including Valentine's Day. Students could put together a montage of images about Valentine's Day.

Buncee offers a great option for creating digital greeting cards. Students can choose from a huge assortment of images, animations, and video clips to insert into a blank template. Students can add choose from a huge assortment of font styles to use when writing their greetings. Whatever students create on Buncee can be shared via email and or can be downloaded and printed as a PDF.

Canva, like Buncee, offers a huge assortment of templates for creating cards that can be printed as PDFs or PNG files. Unlike Buncee, Canva only offers static images and not animations to use in digital cards.

Pic-Collage for Kids is a free iPad app that students can use to create collages. In the app students can search for and use digital stamps and stickers. Many of those stamps and stickers are appropriate for Valentine's Day. Students' collages can be saved and printed.

Storyboard That is currently offering a guide to teaching Valentine's Day lessons with storyboards. Included in that guide is a template for creating Valentine's Day cards in which students can create monologues or dialogues for characters that they insert into their cards.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Another Method for Sending Video Greeting Cards

Last week I shared that Animoto added the capability to create and send video greeting cards. Today, YouTube reminded us that you can also create greeting video greeting cards through their service. You use existing videos on YouTube for your greetings or you can upload your own video. Creating and sending video greeting cards through YouTube is easy, but I don't think the finished product is as good as what can be produced using Animoto.

Applications for Education
Using the YouTube greeting card service could be a good avenue for students to develop video creation and editing skills with a clear objective. The objective being the development of a greeting and meeting a deadline.

Monday, November 24, 2008

My Punch Bowl - Free Customizable E-Cards

Last week I wrote a short blog post about Google Docs offering holiday themed templates for creating greeting cards. Today, I was reminded, by Center Networks, of a free, high quality e-card service called My Punch Bowl. I've personally used My Punch Bowl in the past year to send cards when I've forgotten a birthday. I like My Punch Bowl because you can customize so much more than just the message that accompanies the card you send. You can include your own pictures in the cards you send as well as use your own font style.

Applications for Education
I remember when I was in the fifth grade my teacher, Mrs. Zahowski, made us all write create greeting cards in which we had to include a letter to a family member. At the time I thought it was kind of hokey, but 20+ years later I now realize that she did that as method of teaching us letter writing skills and formatting. Using My Punch Bowl is a 21st Century method of using the same lesson that Mrs. Zahowski taught me, but without the scissors and glue sticks.