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“Using the tool will make you a better visual communicator.”
Teacher, Curriculum developer and Education writer at Techchef4u.com and 2016 PBS Lead Digital Innovator from Texas.
You and your students will love its intuitive drag and drop interface, which will aid the creation of presentations, posters, social media headers and posts. Canva also provides teaching materials with lesson plans and workshops, tutorials and courses.
Canva has many instructional uses, which can also be the basis for classroom activities that turn STEM into STEAM, see Lisa Johnson’s Pinterest for inspiration.
Two lesson plans provided by Canva educators are:
- Helping your students gain a better understanding of the relationships between living things within an ecosystem, by designing a poster that serves as a graphical representation of the relationship between organisms in a food chain.
- Deepen student’s understanding of the periodic table elements by using Canva to create a presentation including the story of the discovery of the element, Atomic uses, Physical and Chemical properties and its relationship with other elements.
Templates will gently guide you and your students through the process, with a number of free templates to use as a starting point, augmented by low cost $1.00 options.
I used Canva to produce this Facebook header and poster to publicize that we and our education partner, the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet High School, were chosen to represent Connecticut schools in the Nellie Mae regional competition.
You could easily use Canva to create your own inspirational classroom posters.
Here is the cover for my Podcasting Primer workshop:
A third project that showed the versatility of Canva was this proposed promotional campaign to tell the story of the CPBN Media Lab.
Once I established the basic design, which featured bold images with consistent elements, an iMac, the desktop view of a workstation as a picture insert, the font and the line, I used pictures from Unsplash for the background. Click to see three examples in a slide show:
Want to try Canva before the school year? Sign up and start with any of these design projects: a Facebook cover or Twitter Header, social media posts, or make an Infographic, Business card, Resume, a Magazine or even an eBook. Yes, there are more than a few options.
Accounts are free. Canta is integrated with Google Apps for Education so if you have Google Apps for Education in your school, you can onboard your class, without having to maintain additional logins and passwords.
If you are using Canva share your experiences in the comments section below!