Mini-posters in Google Draw

I’ve just created some Google Draw templates for my students to use to create mini-templates. I got the idea from creating my mini poster (see previous blog post). One of the things I want my class to be aware of is creative commons licensing and to make sure they don’t use other people’s images without attribution. To get them started I chose 5 of my own photos (taken last year as part of my 365 photo challenge) which are all freely available on Flickr under a creative commons share alike basis (much the same as this site is licensed).

Google docs makes it easy to submit these as templates so that students are able to access them and use them. (Create new-from template-submit template.) Hopefully next week there will be some student examples to display.

I want to encourage my students to start taking their own photos and using them for drawings like this and also for presentations using the Google Presentations tool.

Google Draw

One of the things I’m enjoying about the Google Apps environment in my classroom is that kids just find ways of doing things without you teaching them. Mine have been creating illustrations and brainstorms using Google Draw so I thought I’d better experiment a bit with it.

I read a post about some software available for schools/kids to use that looked interesting until I saw the price. There was one specific example that I wanted to try out (creating a colorful poster of related words) so I decided to see if I could do the same thing in Google Draw.

Here’s my result:

I used a photo I’d taken myself as the background and didn’t do too much tweaking of font type apart from size and color. I’m happy with the result and can see how the kids can use it to create word posters of their own. (Rugby comes to mind as a topic!)