Canva, Chrome, Chrome Browser, Google Slides

Google Chrome Custom Homepage

Do you have a lot of links you need to access every day in your classroom? Same! You can create a custom Google Chrome homepage with links to sites you need to visit. This post will give an example in Canva and Google Sheets and show you how to turn the homepage button on in Google Chrome.

Canva

In Canva you can design a desktop and include your links. Here is an example of one I created. I searched for presentation with calendar and picked a template I liked. I altered the presentation to fit what I wanted on the page. You do have to update the calendar each month but you can search for the calendar you want and paste it in.

You will need to get the link to add to your Google Chrome Homepage. Go to share – more – then select website. Select presentation then click open website. Copy the URL at the top in the address bar. Now you can proceed to the Google Chrome section below.

Google Sheets

You can create your own design or use a template. This is a template from Slides Mania that I altered to fit what I wanted to display. Add in your links and then you will go to File and select Publish to the Web. Grab the link and move to the next section.

Google Chrome Settings

Now we need to setup your homepage. You likely to do not have the homepage button set in Chrome.

When Google Chrome is open, go to the three dots in the top right corner by your account photo and click on settings. Select appearance, click show home button and then paste the URL you copied earlier.

Now open a new tab and click the home button near the URL address box at the top.

Your new homepage with clickable links should appear. You can update this page in Canvas or Google Slides anytime and the updates will appear the next time you load your page.

I hope this makes finding your links easier.

animated gif, Canva, Stop Motion

Stop Motion Stickers in Canva

If you have been around my blogs for any length of time, then you know my love for digital stickers on student work. I usually create mine in Google Slides and have tutorials to do so. Did you know you can also create these stickers in Canva? Well today is the day to learn all about it.

  1. Click create a design and set your page to square. I used a 10 in by 10 in design.

2. Next, find the elements you want to use. I picked a sun and then “shine” to get the orange pieces around it. That is the part I plan to rotate during the animation. I also want it to say, “Your work shines” so I add “Your work” with a text box.

3. Now click the duplicate button on this page.

4. On this new page we will do 2 things. First, rotate the orange shine part by clicking on that element and using the rotate handle that appears. Second, I used one of the text elements and found one that looked shiny and added the S for shines.

5. Continue with these steps, rotating the sun and adding a letter to shines until you have the word shines spelled out. I ended up with 7 pages.

6. Now the fun part begins. First we want to set the timing for our stop motion. The timing is located in the top bar. I set mine to 0.2 but you can play around with this. 0.1 is faster, 0.3 is slower.

7. Now it’s time to download our design. Click the share button, then download, then select GIF at the bottom.

Here is you animated sticker. This isn’t the only way to animate stickers in Canva. This is actually very similar to the Google Slides process. These are also not transparent but you can always try unscreen.com. Sometimes it works.

I hope you found this tutorial useful. As I have mentioned in previous posts, my students LOVE animated stickers on their digital work and I teach high school. These stickers are for everyone!! And look at that, I didn’t use a Bitmoji even though you can connect your Bitmoji to Canva. What?!? Maybe we can do that the next time.

Canva, Google Slides, Syllabus

Syllabus Ideas

My class syllabus has changed a lot over the years, as have my teaching practices. As we get ready for our students to arrive, I thought it would be a good idea to share some fun and creative ways to create a class syllabus.

Canva

I will be using Canva for my class syllabus this year. I’m using one of their resume templates and there are soooo many to choose from. I had this idea while updating my resume at the end of last year, then I saw @historysandaval share hers and I knew I was on to something.

I used Brown & Beige Minimalist Elegant Web Designer Resume template and changed it up to fit my color and style choice. I may make the font bigger and do two-sided like in previous years, but I love how it looks!

Here are some additional examples of Canva syllabi from Twitter:

Google Slides

I have used Google Slides for the last few years. Here are two templates I have used often. You can go into the theme builder section and change the colors.

I’ve also seen some people share their Syllabus in Google Slides making it linkable. This wouldn’t work for me because my students don’t get their devices until the end of the first week so I have to print mine. If you don’t need to print, then this could be a great option.

Drawing

Here is an example from Amanda Sandaval that I have not used, but saved because it’s a super fun idea. She used Google Drawing to create it, but you could also use Google Slides.

Have fun creating your syllabus and best wishes for the start to a new school year!

Canva

Canva for EDU, part 4

This is the final Canva for EDU post (for now) but I have only scratched the surface of what Canva can do for you in the classroom.

Canva for Edu Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Classroom Kits

Let’s start by looking at the EDU menu you see when you hover over templates in the top dropdown menu. We’ve already touched on some of these, but I definitely want to look at classroom kits. Different kits contain different things, but each of them is theme coordinated including things like name plates, posters, Google classroom header, labels, and daily agenda.

Here is a snapshot of an ocean theme you could use.

Google Classroom Header

I have shared how to make your own Google Classroom header in Google Drawing. And as I’ve said before, I do love Google Drawing. This is just another option if you don’t want to start from scratch.

There are many templates available, but you can also start from scratch or just customize a template to fit your needs.

Newsletter

The newsletter templates are amazing! The size is set for 8.5 x 11 so it’s ready to print. There are over 100 templates to choose from.

Group Work/ Canva Classroom

We haven’t talked much about the Canva Classroom, but you can set up classroom in Canva and assign groups tasks. The groupwork templates are designed to be used this way. I am no expert in this area because I have not used it. Here is a link to a document created by Canva that can give you more information.

Planner

I love an interactive planner. I like to put mine in Notability with links and I have a digital planner I can write on. I’ve also created interactive planners in Google Slides that you can type on. Well…. you can create interactivity within Canva, but it didn’t save the links when I exported. You could always design this in Canva and export it to Google Slides or PowerPoint and add the navigation.

Here is the link to a quick template I threw together. It needs some work, but you get the basic idea.

There are folks on Twitter who know way more about Canva than I do. I hope this has been a good introduction to some options available. If you try any of the ideas, please let me know. I love to see what people create.

Canva

Canva for EDU, part 3

More Canva fun for week 3. Check out week 1 and week 2 for more.

This week we will focus on student gift ideas, newsletters, and comics.

Student gift ideas

Bookmarks

We want to encourage reading over the summer, and what better way than to give students a bookmark. Canva has a ton of bookmark templates, but as always, you could make your own. You can print these in color and laminate them yourself, and add a fun tassel if you want. You could print these two sided and put a check list on the back so students can keep track of the books they read over the summer.

Using the believe in yourself bookmark you see above, here is the bookmark customized with my student’s name and a reading list for the back.

Stickers

What student wouldn’t love a sheet of custom stickers? Ok, what TEACHER wouldn’t love a sheet of custom stickers :-). You can use the templates available in Canva OR you can create you own. You can even use Bitmojis or Canva’s built in character creator. If you plan ahead, you can print your stickers in Canva. You can also just use adhesive paper and print them on a color printer. If you want to get fancy, you can use a laminate on just the top to make them more water resistant. You can cut them into squares, or if you have a Cricut or Silhouette machine you could make die cut stickers.

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The templates come in the formatted sizes you see on the left in the image, but if you plan to use your own tools to print and cut, you can definitely make die cut stickers. Canva has a download as .SVG option (the file most cutting machines use) but I usually use a .PNG and then use the trace feature to put my cut lines around it.

Newsletters

The newsletter templates available in Canva are amazing. My large district uses Canva to send out monthly updates to the staff. Once the newsletter is created, you can share right from Canva. Super simple and super easy to use.

Once you have created your newsletter, go to share. You can send a view only link or you can share as a website. Our district uses the website option so it is optimized by screen size. Either option will keep links active for the viewer. You can also schedule the release of your newsletter with the free education account.

Comics

If you’ve been around my blog any amount of time, you know I love to create comics in my classroom. I have Google templates that I have used in the past. Canva is another free options to make comics. Canva has many layouts for comics and you can always start from scratch.

Canva has a blank layout that comes with character components you can use in the comic.

Canva also has a character builder where you can create your own characters to use in any creation. While in your comic (or any creation) click on more in the left panel and character builder is the face. This same area also has Pixton which contains even more characters to use. You do have to sign in to Pixton to use the features.

Using the template from above, I changed it to add photos, put a background (that students can change) and added story boxes. I would definitely demonstrate my process with students in class and give them time to explore.

Next week will be the final Canva post. I know I will only scratch the surface of everything Canva can do, but hopefully I have shown you something worth trying and you will explore.

Canva

Canva for EDU part 2

Last week I started a short series on all the ways you can use the free Canva for educators. Check it out here.

This week we will focus on certificates, videos, cards & resumes.

Certificates

I’ve been in education long enough that I remember Print Shop software that you could print on a dot matrix printer. There was something nostalgic about looking through the certificate options that took me back to those Print Shop days. Canva says it has 7690 certificate options and, of course, you can customize them to anything you want.

I had a teacher who printed a certificate for every student in the class displaying a quality of that student. I have never been organized to do this with my 150 students each year but I know it would make them feel special. I have one student this year who was super shy so when we worked at the board (I use the Building Mathematical Thinking principles) she struggled to communicate with her team. She is now sharing her ideas and even visiting with them during seat time. This is a certificate I would give to her.

Stock Certificate in Canva
My updates in Canva

Videos

This is a template I never thought to look for but WOW does it create a professional looking video. There are some back-to-school templates, tutorials, promotional videos and so much more. Some of our classes are electives and I know they are always promoting their classes to get students involved. This would be a great way to do that. You could also create a professional looking end of the year video to share with families. In my video below I included images and video clips. The best part is that you can send a view link to the video right from Canva.

Click to view video

Cards

I wanted to share about the cards and invitations because you can print them from Canva. I ordered some for my daughter’s wedding shower and they were great quality and super affordable. I created her shower invitation from scratch, but as you’ve seen from other ideas in Canva, there are TONS of templates available. Since teacher appreciation just ended, maybe you need some thank you cards.

This templates was perfect for me! And when you click on share you can print your design is so many formats: t-shirts, stickers, postcards, folded cards, and so much more.

template
Share – print design
Postcard option

Resumes

Tis the season to be looking, so if you are looking for a new position, new school, or new career, the resumes on Canva are a game changer. There are so many options and I personalize my letter of interest to match my resume. I chose to replace the photo with my name logo, but many people include a photo. You do what you are comfortable with. With 7,062 templates to choose from, I’m sure you will find one that fits your personality. A friend of mine even changes her color scheme to match the school she is interviewing at. She calls it the Elle Woods touch. It worked because she will be an assistant principal next year.

Come back next week for part 3 and happy creating.

Canva

Canva For EDU Part 1

I love Google Drawing! (Wait, isn’t this titled Canva for EDU???) Yes, yes it is, but there is a reason I started with I love Google Drawing. I have always used Google Drawing to create my templates and images, and so many other things and I didn’t really give Canva a fair shake. Well, it’s a game changer. It’s so easy to customize and share with others. So for the next few weeks, I want to introduce you to a few features you may not know about.

When you login to Canva, on the left you will can select templates.

Templates

Canva is free for educators and allows you to access all of the features.

Once you click on templates, you can select by subject (on the right) or by category (on the left)

Presentations

There are so many presentation templates to choose from. You can sort by topic or you can pick a design you like and adapt it. The best part about Canva, in my opinion, is the download feature. Once you design what you want, you can download into Google Slides or PowerPoint. You can also edit once download it.

To download to Google Slides click the share button, then go to more.

Scroll down to save, and select Google Drive or PowerPoint.

Not all the other options. You can save to Google Classroom, but under more you can also share to other LMS sites.

You can also just present through Canva.

You can adjust the colors and theme for any presentation you select. The brown in the original presentation was not what I wanted but I loved the graph paper so I clicked on styles. You can select from one that is there, or you can create your own. If you have colors you use all the time, you can set up your own theme to use. The last one shown below is from my Make Math Not Suck color theme.

You can also change any elements you don’t like. For instance, the weird little shrub at the top is not working for me, so I can change it to any other element I would like.

FlashCards

Another template to explore is flashcards. I searched for math flashcards but you can also just click on flashcards in the education section. These are designed to be printed and cut out, but you an also use them in a presentation and make a digital flashcard.

Phone Wallpaper

Here is a fun idea to create contact information for your phone. Here are a few templates I have created that you can make a copy of (another great feature of Canva). You can use the QR code creator in Canva (example 1 & 3) or use one like QR-code-monkey.com like the middle one.

I will be posting ideas in the coming weeks so check back often.