Tools for Designing Awesome Graphics

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar!

I started this blog 10 years ago, which was shortly after using Twitter and other social media tools to connect with educators. Part of connecting and spreading the word of new posts, online conferences I’ve organized, online courses, Twitter chats, and other news is creating visuals to share online. I’ve learned to use free web tools to design headers on different social networks, graphics for books and digital badges, banners, flyers, parent newsletters, programs, digital magazines, book covers, logos, and more! Below I’ve listed free design tools teachers and students can use to create digital graphics and publications. The awesome part is these tools are free and offer access to awesome fonts, stock photos, frames, templates, and icons. This way your students can begin designing visuals to highlight their innovative ideas, spread their passion, share their creativity or become influencers.

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Web Tools for Creating Awesome Graphics

  • Canva is my favorite free web tool and app for designing graphics. The majority of the visuals on this blog and that I share on social networks are designed on Canva. You can access free templates that can be copied to make creating the same type of visual quick and easy. Find templates for creating logos, flyers, posters, greeting cards, business cards, online magazines, and social media headers and graphics (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The fonts are amazing as well as the images, icons, frames, and color schemes. Canva also helps you learn more about graphic design with tutorials and free design courses and tips! If you want your students to truly learn about graphic design you can access the free workshops, lesson plans, and teaching materials.
  • Gravit is a simple online graphic design tool I just learned about with a library of templates for designing posters, presentations, social media graphics, greeting cards, and more! Choose from a library of fonts, stock images, shapes, lines, emojis, and more. I really love the look of this web tool.
  • Design Wizard is a simple online graphic design tool with a library of templates for designing different graphics, Facebook covers, ads, greeting cards and even videos! Choose from a library of fonts, shapes, and stock images.
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To thank you for your sharing, friendship and support over the years I am sharing free tips, learning resources, web tools and apps for 25 days in my Digital December STEM Advent Calendar. Just click on the calendar below and a post will appear for that day. NOTE! The post will not appear until that day. If you enjoy these resources, then take one of my fully accredited continuing education and graduate online courses or check out my latest book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies with EdTech Missions!


Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at

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