Workshops

These workshops can be used for live instruction and cover topics ranging from the fundamentals of graphic design to practical everyday business projects.

Lesson plans

These resources are for teachers looking to inspire their students to think and express themselves creatively through visual design.

Written by John Spencer

John Spencer is an author, speaker, blogger and assistant professor in Newberg, Oregon. He is passionate about seeing students embrace creativity. It's why he co-wrote Wendell the World's Worst Wizard and co-founded Write About.

  • How to teach visual poetry

    Poetry itself is a type of art, but did you know that you can create poetry to look like art, too? Visual poetry is a …

  • Presidential Report Card

    Students will develop a set of criteria for ranking a president's legacy. They will rank the legacy of that president based upon social, economic, military, …

  • How to teach marketing principles

    Marketing is all around us. We see it on our commutes to work and in the grocery store. And when you think about, we even …

  • Graphic Instructional Text

    Students will create a functional text by creating a step-by-step instructional visual. In doing so, they will learn to write directions with clarity and logic.

  • Extreme Graph Makeover

    Students will learn how to identify various flaws in graphical representations of data. They will reconstruct a flawed graph with correct mathematical reasoning.

  • Career Infographic

    Students will research information by using correct keyword searches, identifying sources, and analyzing facts. They will create an infographic explaining key information about a specific …

Written by Monica Burns

Monica is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. She's presented to teachers, administrators and tech-enthusiasts at numerous national conferences and Apple Education events. She's a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a contributor to Edutopia and appoLearning.

  • Comic Book Creation

    To make your next English lesson fun and engaging, we've created a lesson plan that is a comic book activity to teach students about the …

  • History Lesson Plan: Time Travel Adventure

    Keeping students engaged in your history lesson can sometimes become a tricky task—especially when there are important dates, names, and locations to remember. However, by …

  • Math Vocabulary Wizard

    Students will demonstrate how a math term connects to the real world. They will analyze, curate, and create visuals that demonstrate the meaning of that …

  • How to teach students about the ecosystem

    By understanding how the ecosystem works, this lesson plan will encourage students to live a greener lifestyle in the future. Teaching students to become more aware …

  • All About A Poster

    Students will make a poster that displays important information about a country. In doing so, they will identify key political figures, geographic features, and other …

Written by Paul Hamilton

Paul is the Head of Learning Technologies (Primary) at Matthew Flinders Anglican College in Queensland, Australia. A leader and innovator in the edtech world, renowned for his work in Augmented Reality and iBeacon technology, Paul is a best selling published author, app developer, and sought after keynote speaker.

  • Historical Infographic

    Students will use chronological sequencing to demonstrate the relationship between events and developments in different periods and places. They will synthesize information from a range of …

  • Author Innovation through Social Media

    Students will evaluate how text structures can be used in innovative ways by different authors. They will learn about how the selection of language features, images, …

  • Social Change Through Persuasion

    Students will understand how visual assets have played a role in social persuasion. They will learn about how the use of text features and multimodal elements can generate …

Written by Steven Anderson

Steven is a blogger, speaker, Educational Evangelist, author, and Dad. A former teacher and Instructional Technology Director and best known as @web20classroom, his expertise is in edtech integration and learning through social media. He also helped create #edchat, the most popular educational hashtag on Twitter.

  • Getting To Know All About You

    Students will learn interesting facts about their fellow classmates. In doing so, students will understand and master information and digital literacy skills.

  • Mathematical Modeling with Candy

    Students will make predictions based on previously discovered information. They will also attempt to model distribution rates of colors of various candies.

  • Discovering the Periodic Table

    Students will understand the elements and organization of the periodic table.They will use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of …

Written by Terri Eichholz

Terri Eichholz teaches gifted students in Kinder through 5th grades in San Antonio, TX. She's been an educator for 24 years, and is a proponent of guiding students to create, problem-solve, and personalize their own learning. You can read more on her blog, "Engage Their Minds," or follow her on Twitter (@terrieichholz).

  • Puzzle it Out

    Students will acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate words and phrases.In doing so, they will gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to …

  • Put Your Stamp on History

    Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence. In doing so, students will learn …

  • Guess the Mystery Artist

    Students will learn about different art movements and artists who are exemplars in each movement. They will become familiar with art movements like Cubism, Fauvism, …

  • An Element Wedding Invitation

    Students will learn which elements create compounds when combined in a chemical reaction. They will analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before …

  • A Character's Journey

    Students will understand how a specific character changes throughout a novel.They will analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other …

  • A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures

    Students will analyze the development of a theme over the course of a text. In doing so, they will review vocabulary used in the text, …

  • To Make A Long Story Short

    Students will identify themes within a text and analyze their development over the course of the text. They will look at how they interact and …

  • Real World Ratios

    Students will learn about the concept of a ratio and how to use ratio language to describe the relationship between two quantities. This lesson plan …

  • Order in the Court

    Students will recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

  • Initial Selfies

    Students will learn how to isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.

  • From Page to Stage

    Students will take an in depth look at a character featured in a piece of text they are studying. They will analyze how complex characters develop over the course …

  • Illustrative Infographics

    This lesson plan is about using infographics to illustrate information. Students will use a computational representation to illustrate relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships …

Written by Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a classroom teacher in Camilla, Georgia. She writes the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, hosts the Every Classroom Matters show, and writes about how technology can be used to connect students to the rest of the world. Vicki is working hard to teach the Canva staff how to use the word "y'all" in everyday speech.

  • Writing Letters That Matter

    Students will learn about personal business letters including formatting, printing, and layout. Students will also be able to create a personal letterhead and practice crafting …

  • Fantastic Fables

    Students will read a fable and become familiar with the characteristics of this literary genre. They will also learn to create their own fable based on their understanding …

  • Literary Devices Unleashed

    Students will learn about different types of literary devices used by authors to bring deeper meaning to their writing. Students will compare and contrast similes, metaphors, …

  • An Epic Event

    Students will learn about a famous historical event or a major event in literature. Using this newly acquired knowledge, they will use basic graphic design skills to …

  • Historical Figure Fan Page

    Students will  read about and analyze the life of a famous historical figure. In doing so, they will use the knowledge they've acquired about this …

  • Scientific Element Fan Page Designer

    Students will analyze a scientific element which is found on the periodic table of elements. They will read about these elements, acquiring knowledge about how the …

Written by William Ferriter

Bill has many different titles. He's an author and a professional development provider with expertise in modern learning spaces and in establishing collaborative communities. What he is most proud of, though, is that he is still a full time practitioner, teaching science to sixth graders in a middle school outside of Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Using Images in School Projects

    Students will explore the ethical use of digital content. They will better understand Creative Commons Licenses and create an engaging visual using an image licensed …

  • Sugar Kills

    Students will learn more about the amount of added sugar that they are supposed to consume on a daily basis.They will develop graphics designed to …

  • Biodiversity Matters

    Students will learn about the important role that biodiversity plays in a healthy ecosystem. They will develop graphics designed to encourage others to care about …