Canva – part two – worth a look for teaching Design

Student’s thoughts on Canva and final reflections

Our journey in Canva is coming to a close and I wanted to reflect on some of the success and failures we have experienced over the past 6 weeks.  I wanted to do this via the student’s words so I left it to them.  To give you the background, students worked on formative classwork which asked them to work through a variety of Canva’s tutorials.  These tutorials were posted on their student portfolios (Google Site) and were accompanied by some reflective points for each section.  Then students worked towards both a formative and summative assessment which they designed based around needs in the class and in the broader school community.

Has working on Canva helped you see graphic design differently?  If so, how?  If not?  Why do you think that is?

Yes I believe it has made me look at it differently. To start off, before I thought that Graphic Design was designing on a computer. And then putting it online. But I realized it is used for the real world such as planners, invitations, etc. I also found how stressful it is to pick one design of all you made because you are working on something then you realize you want to try something out so you duplicate it and try it then you go back and look which one over all looks better and you do this many times. – Student -Grade 8

 

How would you have changed the structure of the work you did?  Things to consider:

  • using your portfolio as the house for your work.

I liked the way we did it except maybe next time we could try more mini formatives. Like the teacher sends students a presentation to each one where you have to correct different things to see if the kids understood the concept of each section. And I also think we could of housed our work in one presentation which we put on the portfolio.

– Student – Grade 8

  • working through tutorials

I liked the tutorials because I could work through them at my own pace.  I also liked that they were all similar, they all had a do and learn section which I liked a lot.

– Student – Grade 8

  • Using docs, drive, and or other means to share your work

I also think we could of housed our work in one presentation which we put on the portfolio. Because it is easier to edit things on there. And its easier to upload pictures to a presentation for everyone to see.

-Student – Grade 8

Below are some examples of a student’s portfolio which is how they housed their formative and summative work.

Responding to formative work : screenshot taken with the permission of the student
Responding to formative work : screenshot taken with the permission of the student
planner cover.
Image of summative design challenge: Screen shot taken with permission of the student
Unit Work
Connecting Section in student portfolio: student’s tutorial work organized on Google Drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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