Embrace the Spectrum: Unlocking our Brand Colors and Canva’s Potential

In This Edition:

  • Tutorial: Our brand, plus Canva’s features for brand consistency;
  • Learn about Google Bard and what it can do for you.
  • Updates: Google Photos no longer available for students.
  • Help us out! A short survey about our AI sessions.

Good morning, Vampires! 🦇

We’ve been spotting a splash of our brand colors in your designs lately and, honestly? We’re excited to see the results! It’s great to see you all getting creative and adding your own twist to your creations. Major kudos for putting those design muscles to work!

For today’s edition, we’ve got some helpful Canva hacks to share, and we’re also diving into some tidbits about Google’s Bard. Ready to amp up your design game and stay in the loop? Let’s roll!

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Our Brand Colors and Canva’s Potential

First up, let’s chat about those gorgeous brand colors you’ve been loving. Curious about where to find them? Our Branding Shared Drive has a dedicated section where you’ll find our color palette, complete with hex codes, and much more.

But wait, there’s more! 🌈 For those days when you’re in a rush or just need a smidge of inspiration, this folder also houses an array of ready-to-use templates

Now, onto the Canva magic. 🎨 If you haven’t dived deep into Canva yet, oh boy, are you in for a treat! It’s like a true treasure chest of design tools. 

Canva Users

We’re proud of the 73 faculty members already using the tool, and want to make sure you all find what you need to design with AISB in mind!

➡️ In this quick tutorial, we show you how to use the Brand Kit to create quick designs, and also share a quick trick for those wanting to create an entire presentation (with content and graphics) from a simple prompt! It’s truly time-saving, vampires. Check it out!

Table of Contents

00:30 – In this video: Learn with G’s workflow and go-to tips
00:46 – Create a design to start
00:58 – Find our brand colors
1:13 – Use the photo frame options
1:29 – Use “position” to align elements
1:46 – Locate the “logos” folder
2:12 – Add text with AISB’s chosen fonts
2:48 – Hold shift to select multiple elements and adjust the alignment
3:08 – Add additional elements and “brand” them with our colors
3:30 – Share and download as a GIF
3:43 – Bonus trick! Create an entire presentation with Magic Design

NOTE: Only 13+ students can use Canva at AISB. Thank you for understanding!

NIFTY BYTES

Google Bard is here…

As announced last week, Google Bard is now available for @goaisb users.

…but what’s the difference?

Sources: Google Bard has an advantage in being able to pull real-time data from the internet, ensuring its information is current.

In contrast, ChatGPT’s data remains static, with the last update being in September 2021, prohibiting it from accessing the latest online data.

In a nutshell: Both ChatGPT and Google Bard come with their strengths. While ChatGPT excels in generating diverse and creative text formats, Google Bard boasts higher accuracy, particularly given its ability to fetch the most recent data.

The choice between them largely depends on the user’s specific requirements. Combining the capabilities of both is optimal!

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UPDATES

Google Photos is changing access to sharing features for Google Workspace for Education Users designated as under 18 years old.

What does this mean for us?

Starting in November 2023, Students under 18 years old won’t be able to access sharing features in Google Photos.

If this affects any of your students, please contact us so we can guide you.

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