My Shape Disappeared! No Worries!!!

It always amazes me when I hear someone say, “Something is wrong with this program!” “My shape, image, & text keep disappearing!” I always enjoy the look of amazement when restoring the item by moving an image through the layer levels. Layers allow users to move shapes, images or texts backwards and forwards through the layers.

Directions for Ordering Layers

  1. Click Shape to Select (blue box appears around image)
  2. Click Arrange in Toolbar
  3. Select Order
  4. Click one of the following:
    • Bring to Front
    • Bring Forward
    • Send Backward
    • Send to Back

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Arranging Shapes & Images Made Easy!

The artist within me absolutely enjoys timesaving design tools found within Google Slides, and Drawings. Aligning multiple objects or images on a page is quick and easy. In a matter of seconds an image, shape or text may be centered both horizontally and vertically. If gaining back time in your day is important then trying this tip just may be helpful to you.

Arrange Tool Directions

  1. Open a Google Drawing or Google Slide
  2. Click Image (blue square appears)
  3. In toolbar Click Arrange
  4. Select Center on page
    • Vertically
    • Horizontally
  5. Select & Group Objects (blue square appears)
  6. Click Arrange
  7. Select Align
    • Left
    • Center
    • Right
    • Top
    • Middle
    • Bottom

 

Simplicity & Power of Authentic Learning…

 

This week I stumbled upon Wanda’s Terrel’s Tweet about Day 2 of #SketchCue &  at first thought, “what an opportunity for me to further explore using Google Drawings”. The focus of #SketchCue supports the tenets of learning to create Sketchnotes. A sketchnote is exactly how it sounds. One uses the creative power of drawing and design to capture notes from lectures, research, and etc…  Sketchnoting supports an individual with expressing their content knowledge in a visual format. I found this opportunity to share my Google Drawings Sketchnotes to be engaging and motivating. It was then when I realized a simple activity such as this has the ability to develop into a  “Powerful Authentic Learning Tool” supporting student engagement.

I found myself exploring clipart designs along with examining the meanings for the #SketchCue word topics. After sharing my first sketchnote and receiving a “Like” it dawned on me how this simple use of social media could engage students with further developing vocabulary skills. It always amazes me how a simple activity shared in an authentic manner has the power to motivate the creator. I found myself wanting to contribute new creations every day as well as enjoying reading the creative shares of educators from around the world. It became evident to me authentic learning opportunities are engaging and leads to furthering one’s content knowledge base.

My #SketchCue Day 1 Entry

Word: Arrows

#SketchCue Arrows (1)

My #SketchCue Day 2 Entry

Word: Banners

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Exploring Web Based Publishing Tools…

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License: CC0 Public Domain

 

As an artist I feel there is no better tool than a piece of paper and pen or paintbrush.  Okay my confession there are those moments where I lean towards using digital creativity tools. One appeal for using a web based design tool is the ease of use for designing. This is an important characteristic when considering the time constraint within a school day. Another factor to consider is if the design tool provides an environment where the students can create “Original works of Art” from scratch. Last but not least how does the tool help students or teachers share the designs with an authentic audience. Considering these factors I’ve narrowed down my choices to three designing tools.

VISME

Visme allows the user to quickly design a beautiful poster, presentation, downloadable image and etc… They offer a wide variety of templates for designing infographics, presentations, charts, reports and much more! This design tool is easy and quick to use for making quick eye-catching designs. It is a tool which supports students and teachers with focusing more on content than design itself. Visme provides a wide variety of clipart, banners, background and etc… for designing that just right presentation project. Teachers and students will love the eye pleasing designs and ease of use.

CANVA

Like VISME this design tools allows the user to create quick designs focused more on content versus creativity. Canva provides a vast amount of templates, clipart, backgrounds and etc… I found Canva to lend itself more to creating from scratch. This design program offers a huge amount of background designs. The design program is perfect for creating informational project to be shared via social media. I believe teachers and students would find Canva to be a perfect tool for creating social media projects for an authentic learning experience.

GOOGLE DRAWINGS

Google Drawing is very different from the above two mentioned design programs. The student or teacher may create posters, memes, infographics, Graphic Organizers, Charts and etc… all from scratch. The student or teacher can import images and backgrounds from internet resources. One could also insert an image via taking a snapshot. A program like this supports the student with using both critical and creative thinking skills.

Why? This is due to creating the design completely from scratch. There are no templates or suggested ideas. I also like the share setting which are built into the core Google Products. The share settings allow the user to share privately with a limited group or publicly. What is unique when one shares a Google Drawings with others they maybe able to comment depending upon owner settings. This supports an environment where students may learn to collaborate by communicating via comments as they construct a group project using drawings.

Drawings Add Texture to Shapes

Google Slide Tutorial

Adding Texture to Shapes

Please click here if you would like a copy of this tutorial.

If you haven’t guessed, “My Passion is for Creating”. My parents use to joke how I was born with a crayon in my hand. It is this passion which energizes me to create with Google Tools. It is my belief Artists are “Abstract Thinkers” and as such naturally use both “Critical Thinking” and “Problem Solving” skills without applying much thought. Whether an artist is painting, drawing, sculpting or using digital tools they focus on making the design fit in a restricted space. This is one reason why I support the “Maker Space Movement” and believe the Arts” (both music & art) belong in school programs.

You might be asking yourself, “What does this all have to do with Drawings add texture to shapes?” As an artist I tend to like drawing by hand with pen & ink. However I find basic shapes and solids to be boring. My drawings tend to have quite a bit of texture and patterns. This is why I looked to incorporate texture into Google Drawings’ shapes.

I do think it is important to let students explore and create. When students share discoveries with educators and peers they are using communication skills. The communication skills the students are using support writing and the ability to restate facts along with providing details. So my simple artistic enjoyment for wanting to add texture to a Google Drawings touched upon some powerful skills educators look to build within a lesson. In conclusion “Let’s All Work Together Supporting Students as Creators!” for this encourages students to use both critical thinking and communication skills.

Harmony

Harmony by Barbra Drasby