The Edtech Files: Episode 2 - Creating a Magazine Cover

A teacher from Grade 1 approached me regarding a topic the students were doing on Gamechangers. She asked how we could integrate technology into the topic, she particularly wanted the students to create a magazine cover. She also wanted all the specialists to create a video that would talk about a Gamechanger in their specialist field - I will come onto this part later.

My idea was to use Google Slides as a way to create the Magazine cover. Google Slides offers a really basic way of teaching design and concepts of Desk Top Publishing. I also saw the opportunity to teach the students many of the skills they needed to progress, such as Copy & Paste, Adding images, adding shapes, manipulating size, changing the color, opacity, zoom etc.

Initially I set to get the children to experiment. I shared a presentation with them via Google Classroom and assigned one slide to each of the students by the student name to each slide. Beforehand I changed the page layout of the slides to the size of a magazine cover, about A4 size. I then used TIME Magazine as an example of a cover and their task was to recreate something similar. I showed them an example of a real TIME magazine cover and then showed them one that I created.