12 Things SWKLS: Thing 7

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Thing 7

Introduction

Welcome to the seventh thing in 12 Things SWKLS.  This month we will be learning about Canva.  Canva is a free web-based design tool that makes it easy to create professional looking flyers, social media graphics, collages, posters, infographics, presentations,  and more.  This lesson will give an overview of what Canva is and how you can use it in your library.  You’ll also have a chance to create your own graphic for your library.

The activities for this lesson are due November 30 , 2016 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 2 credit hours.  Estimated work time:  1-2 hours

If you would rather complete an alternate topic, please go to the alternate topic page and pick one from the list.

What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  1. What Canva is.
  2. How you can use it in your library.
  3. How to find tutorials.
  4. How to create your own products to use in your library.

If you get stuck and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Content

Canva is a free web-based design tool that makes it easy to create professional looking flyers, social media graphics, collages, posters, infographics, presentations,  and more.  This lesson will give an overview of what Canva is and how you can use it in your library.  You’ll also have a chance to create your own graphic for your library.

Examples of objects created with Canva:

 

Exercises:  (Due November 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm CDT)

Tools you will need:

  • A computer or Internet enabled device.
  • An Internet connection
  • An email address
  • Your imagination

Activity 1:  (10 min)

  1.  Go to https://www.canva.com/ and create a Canva account if you don’t already have one.
    1. If you have a Google email address you can sign in directly with you gmail address.  Just click the Sign up with Google Red Button.
      • (Note:  If your library has an email address like director@yourlibraryname.info you most likely have a Google Apps email address and the sign up with Google button should work for you. )
    2. You’re also welcome to create a new account with your email address or Facebook account.  I would recommend the email address login over the Facebook login.
  2. Login

Activity 2:  (14 – 30 min)

  1. Watch one of the videos below.
    1. They’re both a little over 13:30 min long.

  1. More Canva Tutorials are available if you’re interested in learning more.

Activity 3:  (30 min – 60 min)

  1. Create an image, flyer, or poster for yourself or for an upcoming library event, your library’s website, or your library’s Facebook or other social media page.
  2. Post the image, flyer, or poster online or in your library.
  3. Download and email the image to Janelle at jmercer @ swkls.org.
    • A link to where you’ve posted the image online will work as well.
    • Everyone’s creations will be added to the Thing 7 Participant Creations link.
  4. Answer the following by posting a comment down below:
    1. What did you think of Canva?
    2. Is there anything you didn’t like?
      • Is there another similar service that you like better?
    3. How do you think you’ll use it in the future?
    4. Respond to at least one comment down below.

Extras:

  • Create another image for your library.
  • Install the Canva iPad or iPhone app.
    • (At present Canva only has apps for iOS devices.  There is not an Android app at the moment).