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Easy Headers for Google Classroom

posted Aug 12, 2015, 3:38 PM by Monica Weick   [ updated Aug 14, 2015, 3:12 PM ]
I, like everyone else, was very excited last year when I discovered Google Classroom, had made the class headers customizable. However, I soon discovered the headers size was actually quite small (800px x 200px) and quickly decided I didn't have time to figure it out (during the school year). Well, this year, I wanted to make my own covers. I was determined. 

As I started creating different headers, I started with pictures from my recent trip to the Uk and Ireland. 


Yet, no matter what I did, I couldn't get the part (or enough of) the picture I wanted to show, so that didn't work. 
So then I tried to get a group picture of my students in each class.But the pictures were too large and wouldn't fit properly. 

Then I started thinking of all the new tools I learned about, through some of the e-learning workshops, this summer. 
One specifically came to mind.  

It's called Canva. Canva is a free web-based service that allows for everyday people to design images or PDF documents that look professional.  Although, Canva does allow you to buy some of their stock photos for $1 a piece, I am able to use the service completely free, it even allows me upload my own photos,  like I used in my catalogue for my class prize shop. 

Well all this to say, once I thought to use Canva, I wanted to keep the header simple. So upon looking at the variety of templates Canva, I realized still didn't quite fit the bill, but a custom size template is available. Phew. So upon creating an 800 (length) by 200 (width) pixel header. 

These are what I came up with: 

But when I tried to upload it to Google Classroom, I wasn't satisfied with my design, but I was able to go back to Canva and try again. This is what I came up with...

I'm not a graphic designer, but I do like things to look a certain way. Canva is my new favorite tool to get things just the way I want them.