Did you ever wish you had fantastic graphic design skills so you could make fabulous-looking charts, fancy infographics, and other visual elements to accompany your presentations or student worksheets? Good news: You don’t need to be a graphic designer to compete with those tech-savvy teachers that produce phenomenal, visually-appealing materials for their classrooms. Not anymore, and it’s all thanks to Canva.
Canva is a design tool for the graphically-challenged (or even the technologically-challenged), with easy-to-use templates, layouts, and visual elements for creating everything from complex infographics to posters, social media graphics, slide decks, and more. It’s as simple as choosing a design template, selecting a layout, and then customizing it by dragging and dropping elements, searching for images to incorporate into your design, and editing text and other elements using simple editing tools.
You can make your own completely custom designs with custom dimensions, or you can choose from a broad set of templates with sample, customizable layouts and styles.
A few project types you can create with Canva:
- graphics for blogs and social media
- slide decks and presentations
- Kindle covers
- photo collages
- business cards
How can you use Canva in the classroom?
Canva is a valuable tool for educators for preparing topic presentations and enhancing handouts and worksheets with graphics. But it’s also a useful tool for student projects. There are endless possibilities, ranging from having students assemble a photo collage illustrating the past year of their lives, to creating an infographic focused on a central concept, or preparing posters to accompany projects.
Canva also offers a number of tutorials on design practices, such as best practices for selecting a color scheme, evoking feelings with colors, using contrast, and many others. There’s a searchable database with access to millions of free images and visual elements, chat bubbles, backgrounds, and more, along with millions of additional images that cost just $1 each.
You don’t pay for anything until you download your final design, and you only pay for the images you use; otherwise, Canva is completely free. You can even upload your own images and graphics, incorporating them into other designs or enhancing them with text or filters, without paying a dime.
In a day and age when students are creating content on YouTube, Instagram, and other media sources, why not give them a chance to create content to demonstrate their learning? They will be more engaged and excited about their product, since projects completed with Canva offer more choice and a sense of ownership for students. Or, for your next presentation or lesson, show them you are just as “tech savvy” as they are, with a little help from Canva.