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3-12

Bulk Create Valentines with Canva

I’ve been watching a lot of short videos made by Canva users demonstrating the use of the “Bulk Create” tool. If you’re an old-timer like me, it’s similar to Mail Merge. Most of the videos I watch are showing how people who create social media content can benefit from “Bulk Create,” but I always like to think how I would use it in my classroom. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I decided to test out how “Bulk Create” could help me personalize some Valentines for students.

Step 1: I went to ChatGPT and asked it to generate some phrases I could put on Valentines cards from teachers to students. At first it gave me quotation marks around each phrase so I revised my request, and you can see what I got below. If you are reluctant to try ChatGPT, I’ve already copied and pasted them to a spreadsheet that you’re welcome to use here.

Step 2: If you aren’t using the spreadsheet I linked above, copy and paste your phrases to your own spreadsheet. Then add a column called, “Name” and add your student’s names. If you already have a spreadsheet with student names, create a new column, title it “phrase” and add the phrases to that. Download/Save the spreadsheet as a CSV file.

Step 3: Open Canva, and choose a Valentine template you would like to use. I chose a postcard that looks like this:

Step 4: Adjust the text. After an experiment, I realized the bottom text of the circle wasn’t going to work, so I deleted it. I also wanted to add student names after Happy Valentine’s Day, so I created a new text box and added that. Because I wanted there to be an exclamation mark at the end, added that in a separate text box.

Step 5: Begin the Bulk Create process by looking at your menu on the left side. If you don’t see Bulk Create as an option, click on apps. In the picture you below, you can see it underneath the “More from Canva” headline. Choose Bulk Create. You will be asked if you want to enter information manually or upload it. Upload your CSV file.

Step 6: Right click on the parts of your design you want to replace with items from your spreadsheet. Choose “Connect Data” and select which column should replace it.

Step 7: Generate your data. If you don’t want some of the names or phrases you can uncheck them before you generate.

Step 8: Download your file as a PDF, print out, cut, and you’re ready to give them to your students!

I’d love to hear what other ideas teachers have for using the Bulk Create tool in Canva! It could definitely be a time-saver!

Want some more Valentine’s Day ideas? Click here to download my free updated PDF of “Would You Rather Valentine’s Day Math.” And here is my Wakelet full of other fun!

Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, K-5, Math

Valentine’s Day: Some “Heartfelt” Resources for Teachers

If you’re looking for some “heartfelt” Valentine’s Day resources for teachers, this post has got you covered!

In the process of trying to update and collect my downloadable resources from over 11 years of writing this blog, I decided to start a “store” (located under “Downloads for Teachers” in my top menu) hosted on my website. The purpose of this store is not for me to make money, but to make it easier for teachers to search and filter through my resources. It has been a slow process, and I haven’t worked out some of the kinks. But I think it will be worthwhile eventually.

You do need to create a free login in order download items from the store. The majority of the items are free. However, I’ve decided to sell bundles of items for a low fee, donating $1 out of every $5 earned to teacher projects on Donors Choose. I am slowly removing my items from Teachers Pay Teachers and will eventually host everything I create on my store with the multiple goals of giving teachers easy access to free resources that are good for students and hopefully earning money to give back to teachers who have amazing ideas for which they need funding. Currently, all of my S.C.A.M.P.E.R. resources are available in the store and I am now working on getting my Visible Thinking Routine resources added.

Would You Rather Valentine’s Day Math for Elementary

While working on my store, I recently updated my “Would You Rather Math?” for Valentine’s Day using a cute Canva template. You can download the new PDF here. For the old versions (including Google Slides and PowerPoint), as well as a more detailed explanation, here is the post I originally wrote when I made this resource based on the work of John Stevens and his WYRM website. Want the free Canva template link so you can edit it and make your own? I’ll be posting it in this week’s newsletter, so be sure to sign up if you haven’t already!

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I haven’t had a chance to update and upload this next Valentine’s Day resource to the store, but if you like to give out something other than candy for Valentine’s Day (or any time of the year), these QR Code Coupons that I made way back in 20212 are a cute option to insert into an old chocolate box or into Valentine’s Day cards for your students.

If you are looking for more Valentine’s Day Resources, you can check out my Valentine’s Day Wakelet here.

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Games, K-12, Teaching Tools

All The Things

My posts are usually about one topic, but I have so many random things to share today that I just decided to go with a list!

  • I just added a link to my Wordle Variations Wakelet for Flippity WordMaster! Now you can create your own custom Wordles for class with lists of words!
  • Speaking of Wakelet, you may have missed my Lunar New Year post on Friday where I shared the link for my February Wakelet. If you look at it on a desktop/laptop screen, you will see columns for different February events, including Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, and the Superbowl! Please share anything you think I need to add! February is technically Black History Month, but I choose to celebrate an inclusive history all year, so I have a link to my Anti-Racist Wakelet in the February list as well. Follow me for more Wakelet collections here!
  • I hope this embeds correctly as it is a Tweet from Yo-Yo Ma that he dedicated to teachers, and it’s beautiful, and all of you deserve it right now!
  • Lastly, I am really, really planning to have my first online course, An Intro To Genius Hour, out tomorrow, February 1st (fingers crossed). It will be free for a limited time, so be sure to sign up to be notified! You will get one hour of continuing education credit (always check with your administrator to make sure they will accept it in your district).

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cards and envelopes
K-12, Teaching Tools

Valentine’s Day 2022

I’ve noticed an uptick in views of my Valentine’s Day posts, so I just wanted to remind everyone that I have a huge collection of ideas on my Wakelet here. I also wrote a post about being inclusive on Valentine’s Day because it can easily end up being a day of hurt feelings. I’m in the midst of creating a February Holiday Wakelet, so please check back soon (or follow me on my Wakelet profile page) if you are looking for other February activities. Sorry this is such a short post, but I’m juggling lots of projects at the moment!

red flower on white sand
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Art, Education, K-12, Social Studies, Student Products

Happy Valentine’s Day from San Antonio!

UPDATE 1/26/2021 – Here is my up-to-date Wakelet collection of Valentine’s Day resources.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to the Virtual Valentines Project.  Since my 1st graders are studying different continents and countries, I thought they would be the perfect group to match with a Virtual Valentine.  We were matched with a class in Canada, and will be Skyping with them today.

I wanted the Valentines my students made to reflect a little of our San Antonio uniqueness, so I asked the students to brainstorm some special things about San Antonio that our Canadian friends might not have.  This turned out to be harder than I expected.

“Games?” one student suggested.

“Toys?” another student ventured.

After I assured them that Canada is not an isolated planet in outer space without any stores or internet connections, we narrowed things down a bit.

“Barbecue!”

“The Riverwalk!”

“The Alamo!”

We ended up with a fairly long list, and the students could choose one San Antonio feature to include in their Valentines.  It wasn’t until yesterday, though, that I got a chance to look at them closely.  I thought I’d share a few with you 🙂

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It took me a moment to figure out that this is one of our Riverwalk barges.

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This barge appears to be about to devour all of the ducks.  Since the ducks are larger than the people, that might be just as well.

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Unlike most of us who live in San Antonio, I think this student actually visited the Alamo.

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I’m not absolutely sure what’s happening at the top of the ladder inside the Alamo. It could either be someone writing at a desk with a candle or lighting a cow on fire.  I guess I need to brush up on my Texas history. (My daughter just informed me that it’s a cannon.  Oops.)

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Yes, we definitely love our tacos in San Antonio!

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It’s rodeo season in San Antonio right now.  As you can see, that isn’t a picture of a cow or a horse.  Apparently, this student’s favorite rodeo experience was the school’s Bike Rodeo.

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This picture pretty much says it all…

Overall, I think their pictures definitely showcase some of our San Antonio flair.  I hope this post makes you smile as much as I did writing it, and Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

Critical Thinking, Education, Games, K-12, Problem Solving

Valentine’s Day Breakout EDU

UPDATE 1/31/2023 – The link below for the seasonal games no longer works. However, here is a link to a Valentine’s Day themed digital breakout by CoffeyITRT. Also, here is my up-to-date Wakelet collection of Valentine’s Day resources.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  If you teach in any country that annually celebrates this day, then you know that getting your students to focus will probably be somewhat of a challenge.  You might as well join in the fun – in an educational way, of course.  I’ve already posted this year’s list of Valentine’s Day resources, but wanted to let you know that I will be adding these seasonal Breakout Edu games to the list.  “Anti-Love Potion #9” is designed for elementary students, and, “Where in the World is Valentino/Cupid?” targets middle and high schools.  “Holiday Hijinks” connects to a few different holidays, including Valentine’s Day, and can be used with 2nd-6th grades.

If you haven’t registered with Breakout EDU yet, you can go to this page.  Registering is free, and you need to do so in order to get the password that will give you full access to the games.  And, just in case you haven’t read my original post on Breakout EDU, here you go 🙂

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image from: Wikimedia