Creating a poster using normal computer software can be pretty complicated and even harder to do with remote learning as each family may not have access to the same apps. The good news is that the website we are using is free and is quite easy to use for students so hopefully with a bit of experimentation they should be able to create something they would like to keep. You can download and print it out at home. I will also be able to view the posters if you login using the steps below.
Step 1 – Navigate to postermywall.com
Point your browser to: PosterMyWall.com then follow the pictured instructions below.
The project name is different for each year level. To keep it simple each year level has a similar name:
- Prep – staccp
- Year 1 – stacc1
- Year 2 – stacc2
- Year 3 – stacc3
- Year 4 – stacc4
Step 2 – Create a design
This step is where all the creative work happens. For younger students parents will need to assist them and I recommend starting with a simple poster that contains perhaps just a background and their name. Even with just these 2 elements you have thousands of choices to make so it still can be a significant and meaningful. Older students may want to add other photo elements including images they obtain from search engines.
Click the blue ‘create’ button to get started.
Select A4 as the page size so that if you want to print – it will fit neatly.
You can always change your mind later so just pick an orientation and then click ‘Create’.
Again, you can change your mind later. Younger students should probably go for a stock photo, gradient or solid colour. I have a video that I did for year 5/6 students that shows how to use Google Images to search for a background and then upload it. It’s fairly simple.
In the examples below I’m putting a Bible passage into a poster. You do not need to copy this design. Make a poster that you want to display in your home. The idea behind my example was a poster that you could put in your bathroom to remind you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds while you read some fantastic scriptures.
There are lots of tools and options that you can experiment with. The tools are along the left side of the page:
When you select an element in your poster you can then change the options which are located on the right side:
Step 3 – Name, save and download
It’s always a good habit to put your name on your work. The website allows you to give your poster a title and you should enter your first name as part of the title. You could also put your name in the poster itself.
Of course, you should also save your work and when you do you are given the option to also download it on this screen:
I’ve left these until last because some of the instructions only apply to year 5 and 6 students (e.g. the project name). Some of the website screens have also changed since I did these videos (like the blue create button). Anyway, the first video goes through the basics of creating a poster. This is probably the only video the prep – year 2 students/parents need to watch.
Part 2 of this video series looks at adding more graphical elements to our poster and also a Minecraft themed heading using the cool website: TextCraft.net. Please excuse my very casual attire – must have been very warm that day.
Part 3 looks at cropping and masking an image to hide the unwanted parts.