The best Canva tips and tricks for teaching can turn this minimalist graphics tool into a key education ally to help engage students and promote more effective learning.
The online tool Canva represents a powerful digital learning experience and can be integrated into learning in lots of ways. From creating visually striking graphical layouts for data to working collaboratively on a visual project, the uses are plentiful. Students learn as they work and the end result is great looking, easy to digest, and something that can be used again in the future.
Teachers can also use Canva directly to create learning resources for students that are engaging, eye-catching, and memorable. But finding the best way to use Canva is key to getting the best end result for students.
So, read on for the best Canva tips and tricks for your education goals.
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Plan a lesson visually
Canva lets you create lesson plans which are not only clear but also visually engaging. This helps you, as a teacher, lay out the lesson but will also act as a guide for students through the class and, indeed, as a resource to refer to when the lesson is done.
There is a great lesson plan template available here from Canva for you to use right away.
Create student learning portfolios
A wonderful way for students to think about their learning path, and their future goals, is to create a learning portfolio. This can be used in a lesson, across a subject, through a year, and may be useful when it comes to apply for college.
Creating the portfolio encourages the students to become more aware of their own abilities, needs, and wants when it comes to education. By putting it all down in a visual project, it can help set a path to achieve those goals.
Here's a student learning portfolio template that you can work with.
Create a Canva presentation
Teachers can use Canva directly to create more visually striking classroom teaching materials. A slide-based presentation to the class, for example, is pretty straight forward as Canva offers lots of template options that can be easily completed.
The key here is that Canva has a deep portfolio of images, audio, graphics, and video materials right there in the platform. So going from nothing to a specific presentation can be done without all the research time something like this might normally demand.
Use Canva collaboration
Collaboration in class can be valuable, although it can sometimes be more difficult for some students than others. By collaborating digitally it allows all students, in class and during remote learning, to work together in a way that fosters social learning and teamwork.
Students can work in collaboration on a project or individual students can collaborate with the teacher for a more guided workflow. With up to 10 members able to collaborate at once, this could be used for larger group projects too.
Canva allows for as many designs as wanted in up to two folders within the group. There's even the ability to peer review with liking, commenting, and editing of one another's work. Here's an example template that could be used in class.
Use graphs and charts in Canva
Visualizing data is great in Canva with punchy images that can display metrics quickly and easily at a glance. This is ideal for math, science, and any other statistical-based learning. Often, the creative and visual element can also help to add enjoyment and engagement for students who might otherwise struggle with a purely data-based approach to learning.
Numerous templates are available to pick from, including the likes of Venn diagrams, decision trees, bar graphs, flow charts, strategy maps, comparison charts, pie charts, and more.
Integrate with Google Classroom
One really easy way to set a work task from Canva is to integrate the platform with Google Classroom. This allows for posting of the work right from within the project as you create it in Canva.
Select the Publish button in the upper right corner, then scroll down to select how you want to share, and select the Google Classroom option. You can also download the work as a PDF to share over email, or to print as a classroom handout.
Layout the week
Use Canva to create a clear and visual layout of what's planned for the learning week ahead. Doing this can help students know what needs doing and when, allowing them to learn to plan their time management.
While this could be printed and used in the classroom, it's also valuable to share for students to keep on their devices. Or, indeed, it could be well placed in Google Classroom so everyone knows where to look if they need to check.