Showing posts with label posters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label posters. Show all posts

Thursday, February 4, 2021

How to Create Posters and Embed Them Into Your Google Site

Canva has been my go-to tool for making posters, infographics, video covers, and social media graphics for most of the last eight years. Over the years it has steadily added more and more features including options to publish your designs as stand-alone webpages and to embed your designs as dynamically updating graphics in other websites like those you might make with Google Sites. So when a reader emailed me earlier this week asking for a suggestion on how to include flyers in a website my thoughts immediately turned to Canva

In this short video I demonstrate how to use Canva's poster templates and then embed your poster into a page in a Google Site. 



I've made more than a dozen other tutorials about using Canva's many features. Anyone interested in learning more about how to use Canva to create a poster and then print it with a standard printer should watch this video.



This video will show you how to make a video with Canva.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Crello - A Good Option for Creating Graphics

Crello is a free platform that bears a striking resemblance to Canva. Like Canva, Crello offers a variety of free design templates that you can customize with stock imagery and clip art or with images of your own that you upload to your Crello account. All of your designs can be downloaded as PDF, JPG, or PNG files to re-use as you see fit.

Applications for Education
Crello is a tool that you could have students use to create posters, infographics, and collages about the subjects that they research in your class. You might also use Crello to create graphics to share on social media to promote a school event. I published an extensive post about using graphics to promote school events.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lucidpress Adds New Video, Font, and Download Options for Creating Multimedia Documents

Lucidpress is a great tool for collaboratively creating multimedia documents. In the past I have described it as offering the best of Apple's Pages combined with the best of Google Documents. Through Lucidpress you and your students can collaboratively create documents that incorporate videos and images.

This morning I received an email from Lucidpress announcing some new features that students and teachers will like. First, you can now import videos from Vimeo to use in your documents. Previously, Lucidpress only supported YouTube videos. Second, there are new font style and size options available to use. Finally, you can now allow viewers of your documents to download them as PDFs.

The process of creating a document on Lucidpress can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. To get started you might stick with the basics of moving text and pictures around on the poster by just dragging and dropping. There are options for layering images with differing amounts of transparency, image cropping tools, and font customization options in each Lucidpress template. As mentioned above, you can also add videos into your projects (obviously they only play when viewed online).

You can use your Google Account to sign into Lucidpress and you can use items stored in your Google Drive account in your Lucidpress documents. Lucidpress has commenting and sharing features that are similar to Google Drive too.

Applications for Education
Lucidpress is free for teachers and students (scroll to the bottom of the pricing page for information about access as an educator). Lucidpress could be an excellent tool for students to use to collaborate on creating flyers for school events, to create a collage showcasing a highlights of research, or to design a cover for an ebook.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Print Posters With Almost Any Printer

Last night I published a post that featured a poster of explanations of common logical fallacies. This morning I received an email from a reader who wanted to know if there was a way for her to print the poster. My suggestion was to try using the Block Posters website.

Block Posters is a web-based tool to which you can upload a high quality graphic then divide it into letter-sized chunks for printing. Print out each section and put them together on a poster board to make your own poster.

Applications for Education
If you find a great infographic or poster that you want to display in your classroom, Block Posters could be a great tool for you to use. Want to create a giant jigsaw puzzle? Block Posters could be useful for that. Or if you have students create their own infographics that they want to display, you can print them out with Block Posters.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Collaboratively Create Multimedia Posters on LucidPress

Last fall I described LucidPress as offering the best of Apple's Pages with the best of Google Documents. Today, I was reminded of that as I explored the latest templates offered by LucidPress. LucidPress now offers an expanded set of templates for collaboratively designing and publishing posters.

I tried my hand at making a poster on LucidPress this afternoon. The process can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. I stuck with the basics of moving text and pictures around on the poster by just dragging and dropping. There are options for layering images with differing amounts of transparency, image cropping tools, and font customization options in each LucidPress template. You can also add videos into your projects (obviously they only play when viewed online).

You can use your Google Account to sign into Lucidpress and you can use items stored in your Google Drive account in your Lucidpress documents. Lucidpress has commenting and sharing features that are similar to Google Drive too. 

Applications for Education
Lucidpress is free for teachers and students (scroll to the bottom of the pricing page for information about access as an educator). Lucidpress could be an excellent tool for students to use to collaborate on creating flyers for school events, to create a collage showcasing a highlights of research, or to design a cover for an ebook.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

How to Print Posters With a Standard Printer

This week I'm taking a few days off to ski, play with my dogs, visit with friends and family, and generally recharge my batteries. If you're on vacation this week too, I hope that you're having a great vacation. While I'm away I'm rerunning the most popular posts of the year. The selections are based on pageviews during 2012.

I often run across infographics that could be great posters to hang in a classroom if only there was an easy way to print them poster-sized. Most teachers don't have ready access to printers that can handle poster-sized paper, but do have access to standard letter-size printers. Thanks to a recent blog post by Joyce Valenza I have discovered a way that you can print posters using a standard inkjet or laser printer.

Block Posters is a web-based tool to which you can upload a high quality graphic then divide it into letter-sized chunks for printing. Print out each section and put them together on a poster board to make your own poster.

Applications for Education
If you find a great infographic like this one about our solar system that you want to display in your classroom, Block Posters could be a great tool for you to use. Want to create a giant jigsaw puzzle? Block Posters could be useful for that. Or if you have students create their own infographics that they want to display, print them out with Block Posters. Speaking of creating infographics, click here and here to learn about a couple of tools for creating infographics.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Posters - Visual History of Political Parties

Over the last few years the only products I've endorsed purchasing are some books and Common Craft videos. This morning I found a product that I'm going to purchase for my own classroom and I think some other US History teachers might want to know about it too. Timeplots offers two 36" x 24" posters chronicling the history of the Republican and Democratic parties in the United States.

H/T to Cool Infographics.


Applications for Education
I have a similarly styled poster outlining the history of the US presidency. I've had students examine that poster on their own and ask questions about some of the things that are on it which has led to some nice conversations about US history. I'm hoping the same will be true with these posters about the political parties.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Free Posters and Slideshows from NASA

Some websites offer so much good stuff that it's hard to find it all in one visit. NASA's website is one example of that. Every time I visit it I discover something that I hadn't seen before. My lastest discover on the NASA website is a series of four free posters and slideshows. These double-sided, 24" x 36" posters feature data, satellite images, graphs, and pictures about air, water, land, and ice. All of the images, graphs, and information on the posters are also available in slideshows created by NASA. The slideshows can be downloaded as PPT files.














You can download these posters for free, but to print them you will need a printer that can handle large paper. If you don't have a printer of the appropriate size you're not out of luck. You can use the Easy Poster Printer freeware to print the posters in 8" x 11" sections.

Applications for Education
If these Earth Science posters were just posters, I probably wouldn't have written about them. The fact that NASA makes all of the posters' information available in slideshows convinced me to share them with you. After going through the slideshows with your students the posters provide a permanent artifact that you can display in your classroom to reinforce the information from the slideshows.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
NASA Space Place - Where Science is Fun!
NASA Images - Embed Galleries of Images and Videos
NASA Quests and Challenges