Educators who have participated in Tony Vincent's Classy Graphics have lots of nice things to say about the online class. Whether they were new to Google Drawings or they thought they knew it all, classmates in Classy Graphics learned and grew as teachers and designers. Registration is open for the Classy Graphics with Google Drawings Fall 2017 class. Read more about the class.
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Tony, you have been a wonderful instructor! Your enthusiasm is contagious and I greatly appreciate all of the feedback you have provided on my work. Even though the class was online and we are all distances apart, I felt like you were personally invested in all of our work. That is something that I didn’t even get from my college professors who I saw every day for five years! Thank you for a great summer of learning and I hope to do another!"
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I always looked forward to Tony's weekly video tutorials. Not only would he walk us through the process of designing something unique with Google Drawings, provide tips, but he would also illustrate and explain exemplars from our fellow classmate's designs from the prior week. What made this course truly collaborative is that he would encourage us to all provide each other's designs with feedback and the feedback that Tony provided on every single design we submitted was always helpful, specific, actionable, and based on how to become even more effective designers. I was so inspired by the different designs that my fellow class mates created and truly speaks to the many possibilities that emerge when creativity is encouraged. Although each week's focus was on a particular theme such as designing graphic organizers, or working with images & colors, developing an Infographic, or creating interactive learning experiences using Google Drawings, Tony always provided a menu of choices on how we wanted to demonstrate our week's learning.
I am sad to see this course end but am so inspired by what I walked away with. I look forward to many more having this same wonderful learning experience and seeing on Twitter the #ClassyGraphics that those who register in Tony's future courses design. Tony is one of the most innovative & tech savvy Educators out there but most importantly, he's a wonderful Teacher who knows how to use impactful instructional and learning strategies via Google Classroom. Most of all, he is caring and giving and believes in the importance creating learning communities for ourselves as Educators and especially the Students we serve. "
Before I started taking this class, I felt pretty comfortable with Google Draw. I worked with my students daily using Google Suites to create projects and presentations. They used Google Draw to draw little stick people or little items to include in their presentations. Life was good and everyone was happy.
Then I started this class...This class made me realize that I have been producing the same "rerun TV show" every year. I would present to the students a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream in a cone. It was great because everyone loves vanilla. Once I watched the first Classy Graphics video, my "TV station" switched over to color TV. I suddenly gained another scoop of ice cream when I started learning about how to create graphic organizers and how to make my round rectangles a little more rounder.
Then I gained another ice cream scoop with sprinkles on top when we explored how to create Sticky notes! This was one of my favorite activities. I knew that I was no longer able to go back to my simple "black and white TV show". I was now hooked on "color TV" and couldn't wait for more!
The following weeks were all very impressive and kept adding more ice cream scoops to my cone. One of the most amazing parts from all of these lessons was all of the resources provided. My favorite resources were all of the color sites and free images sites. I can't wait to keep exploring these resources.
I kept wanting to learn more and I was never bored especially when it came to Shapeograms. When Shapeograms 1 opened, I felt pretty confident in recreating the shapes. Little did I know that each Shapeogram would introduce new challenges and new skills to learn!!! I am still amazed and can't figure out how in the world you came up with this clever activity to teach us! Ending with the Clown Shapeogram was just insane!
I am very thankful that I said "yes" to taking this class. Thank you for changing my "Black & white Rerun TV Show with one scoop of vanilla ice cream" to a "color TV Show with lots of scoops of ice cream with toppings on top!" I look forward to learning more from your classes and Twitter! "