27 October 2014

Poster Projects

I open my eyes wide and listen to the breeze, as I glide across this body of water. No one can stop me now! In the distance there is land. I am sure there will be blue and green parrots with long tails! Best of all, there will be sweet water streams to drink from .... 

The story could go on. But as a teacher, I don't know the plot nor ending. I don't always know what inspires, confuses, delights my students as they day-dream away, longing for academic tasks to end and more fun times to begin. 

Learning is not always fun and sometimes students need a space of time to create, to let their imaginations run loose, or even, more simply, focus on a mini project that may (or not) be directly related to the subject they are studying.  Having students create a poster is a way to offer them a creative project which may be connected to current school activities,  to the subject they are studying (e.g. if done in a foreign language for instance) or directed towards one of the many international days celebrated around the world (e.g. Water Day).

PosterMyWall, is free and has different templates to choose from.

You can also use PosterMyWall to create collages, calendars and photo cards - all  free. 

There is also a wide range of backgrounds to choose from, giving choices to learners. 

Glogster also has an app ready to use on iPads,  while Thinglink allows interactivity by adding  images and video. 

Other options for creating posters are CanvaTackk, and why not, Easy Movie Poster, which also offers different templates and the possibility to customize as each learner wishes.

Mini projects don't necessarily need to take endless hours and really engage students to use digital tools for learning and for sharing beyond the classroom. 

If learners are not encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in classrooms, where else will they be nurtured and supported to let their daydreaming turn into something tangible?

Further Suggestions:

A Creative Approach to Book Reports

Posters, Images and Metaphors

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