How to Update Your Reference Charts

Published On: September 12th, 2016·By ·

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Take a look at this simple web tool to create custom reference charts for your classroom…

In the above 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver video, SimpleK12's Teacher Learning Community presenter extraordinaire, Monica Burns, explains step-by-step how to update your reference charts with the free image creation tool, Canva.

Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics. Design presentations, social media graphics, and other types of images with thousands of beautiful layouts. – Canva

How to Update Your Reference Charts

Update your classroom's reference charts using Canva, a free, cloud-based desktop publishing tool.

In the above video, you can see how easy it is to design your own reference material from scratch with Canva. You don't need to be a techie pro to build your own beautiful graphics. The best part about this tool is everything you need to get started is completely free. You can add on additional graphics or special fonts for a fee, but Canva has more than enough to get the job done with a free account.

Once you're finished with your creations you can print them out, or share them electronically. There's also a Canva App available for iPad, for those of you looking to create on the go.

For more on using Canva in your classroom, I encourage you to look at this on-demand training video, Creating Interactive Photos in Your Classroom. Join experienced educator and SimpleK12's Teacher Learning Community presenter Brenda Hauff as she explains how to use Canva to look like a graphics pro (we won't tell where you learned these insider secrets). There's no need to be a tech nerd – you can do it all without using HTML code. In addition, Brenda will share example project ideas and suggestions for using interactive photos in your classroom.

Have you use Canva before? Tell me how you like to use this tool in a comment on this article.

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About Our “How to Update Your Reference Charts” Presenter
Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Monica works with teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible at all grade levels. She has conducted well over 40 unique training sessions for SimpleK12, click here to take a look at more videos from Monica.

About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at

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