(Day 27 #30DC14) One key component of managing student behavior is to have classroom rules and procedures posted for students. In fact, in our current teacher evaluation rubric, it is an expectation.  Today’s post lists several sites that can help you create custom posters and infographics.

How to Get Started

easel.ly is a site whose free option suits my needs when creating posters and infographics.  It has a variety of fonts and templates to choose from.  You can also upload your own pictures into your graphic.  The drag and drop feature of easel.ly  makes it easy to use and the files can be downloaded in jpeg or PDF formats for printing.

In this poster for Morning Work Procedures, I imported my own pictures.


Why it Matters (Teaching Rubric)

Posting school-wide expectations, classroom rules, and procedures are an essential competency on the EVSC teaching rubric. (Domain 3:   Learning Environment  3.2 Managing Student Behavior).

Additional Resources

Your Challenge

Your challenge is to watch the short easl.ly video above.  Please share how you currently create classroom procedures and expectations posters for your classroom.  How could a tool like easel.ly change the look of your classroom?

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  1. I can see using easel.ly for students to create a book report type poster or as a new presentation tool to show mastery of any topic introduced in any class. I can see teachers using easel.ly as a means of introducing a topic or as a book trailer. I will show this to our Moderate Self contained SPCED teacher. She using many visual charts with her students. This would be a fun way to take pictures of the students in action and then use for their visual charts.

  2. As a math teacher, this 30 day challenge works for us easily (pun intended). I am always making or find visuals to teach/remind/reinforce concepts for the whole semester that are always building on each other. I have a word wall set of posters purchased from Math Graffiti that does this for certain topics but so many more are needed. This site could also be used to make our requited PRIDE initiative posters for rooms and hallways. It will go into my file of to do’s and use!

  3. Easel.ly will make a my stats reports for admin and breakdown of stats for students much more interesting. I can see uses for it particularly in my reporting and in marketing areas of the library collection, although Canva is so easy to use too that it will be interesting to see which I use the most as the year progresses.

  4. My initial thoughts about using this tool included beginning of the year procedures with pictures of current students, but upon further thinking I would love to see what students could create. I could see students using this tool to create an end result of a short research project or even something to post in the room to show mastery of specific skills. Since students seem to learn best from each other, why not try this as another tool?

  5. On our Weebly website one of the pages we maintain is a Creativity Tools page. Easel.ly has been on the page from the get go and here is why it works and it is easy. Students have used this site to create numerous items for class including posters, flyers, and graphs. This was my go to site until I discovered Canva during this 30 day challenge. As I’ve written before in the Academy we are all about choice, and if a student can demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, and mastery of a concept or idea, then go for it!

  6. I think that Easel.ly will be a really neat tool to use. I have already setup an account. Children love creating posters, and with the backgrounds that are already on the website, it would make it very simple to do. This would be a great tool for both teachers and students to use.

  7. I used Canva.com and postermywall to create my classroom posters this year. We are fortunate to have a colored poster printer in our school. I have even seen a teacher use a tool like eas.ily to create her classroom syllabus. She used the graphs to show grade distribution. I loved it. It was a fun and visual way to show rules, expectations, & grades. My students really don’t read the syllabus. I think making it visual like this will cause the key points to jump out at them even if they don’t intend to read it.

    • Thanks for mentioning Canva.com. It’s another great design tool for posters. There are free items in the program, but premium images with watermarks cost $1.00 each. It does, however, allow you to upload your own images.

  8. I have used Easelly to create posters and flyers, as well. I’ve also included it on the “Creativity Tools” page on my Weebly site so that students can use it too. Easelly is simple to use and creates professional looking products. The public visuals are helpful templates when I’m not feeling particularly creative or need a visual in a hurry,

  9. I created an Easelly account and was excited to try it out. I was happy to see that this was a free site. I also noticed that the premium package was relatively reasonably priced. I thought that you got a lot in the free version. I loved the templates and all of the images they offered. It was also great to see that you can upload your own images. Easelly seems to be a great source for creating posters and flyers. It was easy to use and I was happy to see that there was no watermark included in the downloaded image. However, I do wish that it let you choose your template size. I noticed you can adjust the size by the tab in the lower right hand corner, but the sizes are all in pixels. For printing purposes, it would be nice to be able to specify the size as being 8.5 X 11 rather than having to do the conversion from pixels to inches.

  10. I currently have my classroom rules posted on four combined pieces of poster board. I got some of my ideas from a book called The Essential 55 by Ron Clark. I don’t think that when I move to the new building next year that this will be something I take with me. I can use easel.ly to design a new posterboard with the same expectations. I can quickly bring it up to remind students of following the rules. I also can use easel.ly to create expectations for project work so that students can refer to it as they work in groups.

  11. Currently I use Pages to create my classroom signs and posters. I import clip art and graphics from my Mac to use on them. Easely looks like it would make creating more dynamic classroom decor and/or info graphics much easier, plus it opens up a lot of tools I wouldn’t necessarily have on my Mac. I especially like the grid feature as I am a bit OCD when it comes to placement of anything I use on posters. Sharing of my work on my classroom Facebook page, our school website, or in emails to parents looks to be easy to do as well.

  12. Infographics are a fun way to show lots of information in a single way. I always seem to be drawn to the infographics on Pinterest when looking up specific subject information. Giving information in a more illustrated and entertaining way helps kids remember better. Reading or being told something only goes so far but putting it in a way that is eye catching while also professional looking might help drive the information home better for some kids. I really like ease.ly’s abiltiy to share at the end to embed it to your student learning management system, link it, or download. Downloading and printing to then run through a poster maker would bring the process full circle for the classroom.

  13. This will come in handy as we work towards rolling out our 1:1 initiative next year at the HS. In almost every teacher-led meeting that we have, the need for consistency and expectations are regularly brought up. Teachers were originally going to go old school with physical poster boards or create something in publisher, word, power-point, etc. Once they see how easy tools like easel.ly are to use to create unique and engaging posters with information, they will love it!

  14. I generally have created my various posters either by hand or with the use of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I really like the ease of use of ease.ly and I believe that it would be great to use with students. I am already thinking of some ideas for next year as we move towards 1:1 with 8th grade. I will be sure to put this one in my to use bookmarks. It will be a lot more fun for the kids to create using this than having to simply write about a topic or create a simple PowerPoint.

  15. ease.ly appears to be a great graphic tool. It would be quite an asset to create graphs and charts in the Daily Five Charts, Standards Charts, Math Keys, and other subjects. I have used Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Print Shop, Acrobat PDF, and hired work done. I have also created original art work as poster/info graphics for my classes. This ease.ly would make it much quicker, easier, and cheaper than paying someone to do the work. Thanks for sharing.

  16. I’ve used Easel.ly for infographics in my journalism classes. It’s easy to use, and the results are very professional.

    Currently, I post my classroom expectations on my Weebly. I also have a shortened version written on the white board. I already planned to create some posters for my room this summer; maybe Easel.ly would be a good way to create them. “Boring” rules would certainly stand out more to the students. They’d find themselves reading the rules and checking out the graphics. I know from advising the yearbook that students prefer to read short blocks of text that are presented in interesting ways.

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