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Poster Tools: Aly and Lauren

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Poster making tools are a great way to make digital posters that can either be printed or shared with your class online. They are a great way to highlight information in a fun and visually appealing way.  There are many different poster tools that can be utilized by both students and teachers in the classroom.  The four poster tools we explored are Glogster, Canva, Smore and Google Drawings.  Each one of these has its own advantages, but through each one students can create online posters that showcase what they have learned.  Teachers can also create posters to display information and incorporate them in their lesson plans.  Poster tools are a great way to get students engaged in learning and excited to research information.  Students can either create posters individually or in a group, which can be an effective way for students to interact and collaborate with each other.  Moreover, students can present their posters digitally or they can print out their posters and hand them out to the class.



Below we have links to Symbaloo that are resources on how to use Glogster, Canva, Smore and Google Drawings. These links also contain resources with ideas on how to use each of these in a classroom either as teachers or with your students.



We also have listed Pros and Cons and what each tool is specifically used for in our Digital Posters Presentation.  


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A glog is an interactive digital poster that can either be shared on the Glogster website through Glogpedia or by embedding it into your own website or blog space. It is a perfect tool for larger scale presentation projects. If you are willing to pay for an Educator account, you can also manage your class and allow students to share their work without making it public. 


According to the NC Essential Standards for Physical Science, in 4th grade, students should be able to "classify rocks as metamorphic, sedimentary, or igneous bases on their composition, how they are formed and the processes that create them".  We did this by showing images of each of these rocks, and explaining what they are and how they are made. We also inserted a video that explains the process in detail. 




Canva is a graphic design tool that can be used to create images for a variety of uses, including posters. This tool would be best suited for very small scale projects, or as a way to enhance a lager scale project (report covers, infographics, etc). While it is very user friendly, it does not have a filter on inappropriate images, so it should really only be used by older students.


Our Canva project focuses on NC Essential Standards for 5th Grade Physical Science. Students should be able to "explain how the sun's energy impacts the process of the water cycle. We did this by making a separate poster for each stage of the water cycle". These posters could either be hung around the classroom, or we could share the link with our students so they can access them from home. Please click the cover to view the rest of the project online or click to the link below to view the PDF version.

The Water Cycle.pdf




Google Drawings

Google Drawing is a tool that can be used to create a variety of posters. You can create Drawings through your Google Drive Account. For the most part, it would only be used to enhance a larger presentation, such as adding a diagram to a power point. You can either start with a blank document and create your own poster using shapes, lines, text boxes etc. or you can download a template to work off of. Some examples of templates that teachers can use  are flow charts, comparison charts and time lines. Google Drawing is appropriate for 1st grade through high school.


According to the NC Essential Standards for Physical Science, in 4th grade, students should be able to "explain how magnets interact with all things made of iron and with other magnets to produce motion without touching them," and "explain how electronically charge objects push or pull on other electrically charged objects and produce motion."




Smore is a website that allows teachers and students to create flyers to be viewed online.  There are a variety of templates to choose from to create a flyer and allows students be creative and create flyers in a fun and interactive way. Smore is most appropriate for students 5th grade and up.  


According to the NC Essential Standards for Social Studies, in 5th grade students should be able to "evaluate the relationships between European Settlers and American Indian groups based on accuracy of historical information," and "summarize the political, economic, and social aspects of of colonial life in the thirteen colonies."





Aly Lucas is a sophomore Elementary Education major at Elon University. I am particularly interested in teaching 2nd grade, but I am  excited to work with any grade. Currently my plans are either to stay in North Carolina after college, or go back home to Pennsylvania to teach. 


My name is Lauren Caturano and I am a junior at Elon University studying elementary education.  I love working with kids and hope to go to graduate school to specialize in one area and work with small groups of children.  I am most interested in 3rd grade, but hope that one day I can work with students from various grade levels.  



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