Teacher Review For Canva - Graphic Design & Photo Editing

Great design app that makes novices look like a pro!

Rachelle W.
Digital Learning Specialist
Fort Settlement Middle School
Sugar Land, TX
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used Canva to design slides for my Nearpod presentations. It gives a much better visual appeal and I can download the slides as JPEGs and drop them in Nearpod as a slideshow. The attractive visuals are great for showing an image and brief vocabulary, but you can also have students create their own presentations or infographics using Canva. They have great supports available in their Design School at different levels that are interactive and give users the opportunity to practice creating before they create one. They also have lesson plans written by teachers on the site if you want a little inspiration and help using it in your content area. I, recently, facilitated a professional learning session where participants were able to choose their level of Canva to learn more and then create something at their level. This was great for differentiation and creation. I've also used Canva to create the question slides for a Twitter Chat that I was moderating. It helped having a consistent theme and professional look. The layouts help users create professional looking presentations or graphics quickly!
My Take
If you are wanting to appeal to your visual learners then Canva is a great tool to help you accomplish this goal! I love how easy it is to drag and drop images or icons that are right there in the app, but still have the freedom to upload images of my own. The only downside to Canva is that some of the images and/or layouts are at a cost. Most are around .99 so it's not going to break the bank to download that but over time it does add up. Still, there is so much to love about Canva that I don't focus much on the paid content because there is still so much to do for free.