Creative Fabrica For Teachers
One of the most important tasks that one can do is teach. There are teaching opportunities for all stages of development and for all subjects. For many, the reward of teaching is knowing that the educational impact expands past the classroom and the lessons.
Students learn in different ways and it is up to the teacher to find the best way to take complicated concepts and present them in easy-to-follow ways for their students. This can be done using icons and images. This is extremely easy to see when working with younger students. Younger students often need interesting visuals to keep them focused on the topic and the subject. In this post we are going to look at ways to use Creative Fabrica content to help create engaging educational materials for students.
Tools for creating
Before you can use Creative Fabrica content you’ll want to figure out what tool you’ll use to create the content. There are tons of software tools and apps to choose from (Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Canva, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Publisher, PowerPoint, etc.) If you have a tool you are already comfortable creating with, feel free to skip ahead.
Making a worksheet with Microsoft Publiher
Open up Microsoft Publisher. Create a new blank document that is 8.5 x 11”. Adding images to Publisher is similar to how you would in Microsoft Word. Click on the “Insert” tab on top. Select pictures and look for the image you want to insert into your document. Once you insert it you can click on it and move around the image. If you want to add text anywhere on the document by clicking on the “Draw Text Box” icon under the “Insert” tab. You can type in the text box and click on the box to move it around and position it. When you are done organizing your document you can save it as a JPEG or PDF.
Making a worksheet with Powerpoint
Some people like creating their content with PowerPoint. PowerPoint is easy to drag and drop images with. When you open up PowerPoint you’ll select “File New” and “Blank Presentation”. Once open click the “Design” tab. Under this tab, you’ll see “Slide Size”. This is what you will click on to create a document that is closer to a sheet of paper.
The standard paper size is 8.5 x 11”. You’ll want to select that and portrait. Click on the “Insert” tab to find the icons for inserting pictures or inserting text boxes.
Editing graphics with paint
When you download content from Creative Fabrica you’ll need to unzip it. The content will come in different formats. Those formats can be EPS, PDF, Jpeg, and possibly other formats. For non-advanced users, you’ll probably want to use the jpeg format. Some graphics you download from Creative Fabrica may need some altering to fit your needs. Most PC’s come with a Paint program from Microsoft. You can open your jpeg image in the Paint software. The Paint program can help you erase elements or change some colors on certain images. Once you alter the image you can save it and bring it into the program you are editing the worksheet with.
Types of elements on Creative Fabrica
So you may be wondering what type of elements you can find on Creative Fabrica to help you with your worksheet creations. Well, you are in luck! There are tons of elements to choose from. Fun fonts, silly images, frames, icons, and pre-created worksheets to name a few. Did you see that last thing that was mentioned? Pre-created worksheets and teaching materials. There may already be a worksheet type that fits your lesson plan, but if not, no worries there are plenty of resources to help you make your own.
Creating a letter tracing worksheet
If you have little ones working on their alphabet, then you can easily create a letter tracing worksheet for them. There are full worksheets you can download and use as is. But if you want to customize your own you can take elements from one of these worksheets and crop out the part you want and place it in a new sheet. To make your work sheet more fun be sure to download a fun font. In the example above, the font used on the title was Stars-Monogram font from Vladimir Carrer. Then be sure to add kid friendly images to represent the letters. As a final touch, you can add more fun images in blank areas to keep the page fun and interesting. To help organize all the content we created square boxes around areas in the editing program.
Creating a math assignment
There are plenty of great options for creating math worksheets. If you need objects for counting you are in luck. There are lots of Math worksheets that you can use as-is or customize for your needs. In the example above we took elements from two different math worksheets and places them on the page. We found the cute owl icon from Sayangnadyapkm3 on Creative Fabrica. We had to alter it a bit for this page. We changed the color to black and erased elements around it. For the title font, we used the font Gemstone Outline. In the editing program, we created square boxes around the math and the name area.
Using Creative Fabrica to create worksheets
There are prebuilt worksheets for various grade levels (www.creativefabrica.com/subscriptions/graphics/teaching-materials/). You can use these as is, pull elements from them or just use them for inspiration for your own projects.
You’ll also want to add fun fonts to your worksheets. Using a Creative Fabrica font is easy to do. Go to the font section. Find the font you would like to use. You will download the font and will arrive at your computer as a zipped file. You will need to unzip the file to use. Once you unzip it just click on one of the font files in the folder. There will be an Open Type font file and a TrueType Font file. Just click on one and it will allow you to install the font on your computer. Once you install it should be available in your editing program. You may find some fonts won’t have special characters like dashes or some punctuation.
So as you can see there are tons of fun and easy-to-use elements in Creative Fabrica. The sky is the limit as far as educational content you can create with the library of content you find there.