Posts Tagged ‘Canva’

Design social media images

How to Easily Design Social Media Images: 4 Free Tools

October 3, 2018 https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-images-free-tools

Preview Text Styles With One Touch via Adobe Spark

  • Adobe Spark is part of Adobe’s suite of creative products, bringing social media image and video creation to the web.

remove the Adobe Spark watermark with a paid Adobe Spark plan or Creative Cloud subscription, both starting at $9.99 a month.

  • Design Basic Social Media Images Quickly With Pablo

    Pablo by Buffer is a no-frills online image editor that lets you make basic social media images in seconds. So while it doesn’t have some of the features of other image editors on this list, it works in a pinch. This tool is free to use without registration, making it perfect for when you or your team needs to create a quick image. My note: not on mobiles yet, only desktop

  • Design Automatically Resizable Social Media Images With Snappa

    Snappa is a user-friendly online image maker that has templates for every social media network. In addition to social post templates, it offers banner, story, and infographic templates. This makes Snappa your one-stop shop for creating all sorts of social media content.

  • Add Simple Data Visualization Charts to Social Media Images in CanvaCanva is a free online image editor with a huge library of free templates and royalty-free images. The app has built-in templates for all of the major social networks, and you can even post directly to your social media accounts from the app.

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more on social media images in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=social+media+images

Teacher Brand and Digital Reputation

Rise and Shine! How to Boost Your Teacher Brand and Digital Reputation

By Kasey Bell     Apr 5, 2016

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-04-05-rise-and-shine-how-to-boost-your-teacher-brand-and-digital-reputation

Five tips to help you create a personal brand and a positive digital reputation

1. What will they find when they Google you?

2. What is branding?

Your brand is what you represent, the content that you share, your audience, your Personal Learning Network (PLN), and your teaching philosophy. You want your brand to demonstrate that you are trustworthy, and offer quality content, insightful comments, and experience. Your brand tells your audience that what you offer is of value. Together, the elements that create your brand should communicate a distinct, cohesive story. For instance, when you visit any of my social media profiles, you will see a consistent message. The avatar and logo for my website Shake Up Learning are more recognizable than my face, and that’s intentional. That isn’t to say that every brand needs an avatar. But do find a creative way to tell your personal story.

3. Choose the right platforms

There is no right or wrong platform. Choosing where you want to build your online presence depends on the audience that you want to engage. If you want to reach parents and school community stakeholders, Facebook is a strong bet. If you want to reach other educators, Twitter and Pinterest are big winners. The bottom line is that you don’t have to use them all. Find and connect with your audience where your audience resides.

4. Claim your social media real estate

Before you settle on a username, check that it’s available on all of the social media platforms that you want to use—and then keep it consistent. You will lose your audience if you make it hard to find you. Also keep your handle simple and short, and try to avoid special characters. When a new platform arrives, claim your username early even if you aren’t sure that you will maintain a presence there.

5. Optimize your social media profiles

Guy Kawasaki, co-author of The Art of Social Media, khas nearly 1.5 million followers on Twitter alone, and he offers effective social media tips in his book. Here are the basics:

  • Add a picture of your face or logo. Your picture validates who you are. No more eggheads! Using the default egg avatar on Twitter says you don’t have a brand, and doesn’t tell your audience that you are trustworthy.
  • Use your real name. Sure, you can lie, but that isn’t going to help you build a brand and online presence. Many platforms allow you to show your name as well as your handle.
  • Link to your website, blog or About.me page. Don’t have one? Get one! You may not be ready to start a blog, but anyone can easily set up an About.me page—which is like an online resume.
  •  Compose a meaningful bio, which will help others find and follow you. It should describe your experience in the field of education and highlight topics that you follow like Maker EdGoogle Apps, or edtech.
  • Add a cover image. Choose an image that tells your story. Who are you? What do you do that sets you apart? Canva is a graphic design tool that makes creating a cover image easy. It offers ready-made templates in the right size for all of the major social media platforms.
  • Be consistent across all mediums. You want your followers to see the same brand on all of your social media profiles. This also means you shouldn’t change your profile picture every five minutes. Be recognizable.

Tools to build your brand and online presence

  •  About.me: A quick and easy personal homepage that shows your audience who you are and how to connect with you.
  •  Canva: An easy-to-use design tool for creating images, with templates for social media.
  •  Fiverr: A marketplace for services that you can use to commission a logo, avatar, or web design.
  •  Wix: A free website builder.
  •  Weebly: A free website builder.
  •  Buffer: A free web tool for sharing and scheduling content across multiple social media platforms.
  •  Nuzzel: A free web tool that lets you see the content trending among the people you follow.
  •  The Art of Social Media: A guide to creating a compelling social media presence, by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick.
  •  What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube: Tips for preserving your digital reputation, by Erik Qualman.
  •  What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube: Advice for students on protective their digital reputations, by Erik Qualman.

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more on digital citizenship in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=digital+citizenship

also:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/628252216744698154/
social media cheat sheet and content calendar

presentation tools for teaching

21 Top Presentation Tools for Teachers

http://morethanatech.com/2015/07/21/21-top-presentation-tools-for-teachers/

As repeated by me for years, PPT should not be the one and only. Here are some choices. Please consider that IMS delivers workshops, one-on-one sessions and class sessions on the applications listed below:

What Works on What Device

Tool Windows Mac iPad iPad App Chromebook Chromebook App Android
Tablet
Android App
Animoto Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bunkr Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Canva Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Clear Slide Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Creedoo Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
eMaze Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Flowvella No Yes Yes No No No No No
Goanimate Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Google Slides Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Haiku Deck Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Impress Yes Yes No No No Yes No No
Keynote No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
KnowledgeVision Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
MoveNote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PearDeck Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
PowerPoint Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes
PowerPoint Online Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes
PowToon Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Prezi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Slidedog Yes No No No No No No No
Visme Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No

More on this topic at the IMS blog:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=presentation&submit=Search

2014 Best Educational Web Sites

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014

http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards-guidelines/best-websites/2014

Media sharing

Digital Storytelling

Manage and organize

Social Networking and Communication

Content Resources

Curriculum Collaboration

 

Social Media: Design

7 Essential Free Tools for Social Media Design

http://socialmediatoday.com/emilytaing/2481691/7-essential-free-tools-social-media-design

PIXLR,

WhatDaFont,

THE NOUN PROJECT,

DESIGN KINDLE,

KULER,

COLORZILLA,

COMPFIGHT,

Avtar Ram Singh says:

Hey Emily, really like the effect you’ve used for the images you shared. Also – no mention of Canva in here? Stunner! It’s been all over the place,

Regarding Canva, pls see our IMS blog entries:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/05/20/32-hot-social-media-software-tools-from-tool-providers/

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/02/26/29-social-media-tools-recommended-by-the-pros/

29 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/29-social-media-tools/

RivalIQ, Pocket, ShareRoot, PowToon, EveryoneSocial, vCita, OptinMonster, smqueue, Nimble, BuzzSumo, Harvest, Calendly, Friends+Me, BuzzFork, Newsle, Piktochart, 22Social, Jelly, NeedTagger, Pushover and IFTTT, Swayy, Circloscope, Songza, Talkwalker,

Hang w/,

Many apps have been used to stream live video to friends and followers, but Hang w/ takes it to the next level by integrating with iOS and Android, as well as delivering the live stream to Facebook’s news feed.

As a broadcaster, you can select 3-, 6- or 9-minute “hang” sessions, and enter a custom title for each live video stream.

Meddle, tchat.io, Canva, LeadPages