Canva has recently rolled out a bunch of intriguing features specifically designed for the education community. Whether you’re an educator, a parent, or a student, these updates promise to revolutionize your teaching and learning experience. This post gives you a quick rundown of what’s new and noteworthy. But don’t worry, we’ll be diving deep into each of these game-changing features in upcoming posts. Stay tuned!
Discover Free Teaching Resources
Canva has truly put their foot on the gas when it comes to offering free teaching resources. You can discover a goldmine of 1,000+ teaching materials, including worksheets, activities, and presentations, all organized in one easily accessible library. Think of it as your digital supply closet.
A unique selling point is their 100+ ready-to-teach curricular lessons, aimed at K-8 subjects like Math, Science, English, ELA, and Art. As a former classroom teacher, I used to spend hours designing lesson plans. Imagine the time saved with ready-to-go, customizable lessons. And since these Canva lessons are crafted by teachers, for teachers, you know you’re getting content that resonates.
Practical Real-World Courses
I’ve got to give a shoutout to Canva for incorporating 10+ practical real-world courses, too. I’m talking financial literacy, AI, critical thinking—skills that are indispensable in today’s fast-paced world. We always say we’re preparing kids for the real world, so why not make the curriculum as applicable as possible?
Streamline Lesson Planning and Delivery
Teachers can organize their lessons seamlessly, incorporating videos, activities, and presentations, all within the Canva platform. The intuitive design allows you to customize classwork to suit the pace and learning style of individual students. As someone who advocates for personalized learning, I appreciate this level of customization.
Built-In Accessibility Tool
Inclusivity is more than a buzzword; it’s a necessity in modern education. That’s why I’m thrilled about Canva’s built-in accessibility tool, which auto-checks your designs for any potential accessibility issues before you share or teach them. It’s an absolute game-changer for making educational resources that are universally accessible.
AI-Powered Teaching Materials
And if you’re looking to jazz up your presentations, Canva’s got some neat AI-powered tools. With Magic Grab, you can instantly redesign existing materials, ensuring your students stay engaged. Magic Animate adds a bit of flair to your presentations, while Magic Write streamlines writing tasks, letting you focus on what really matters—teaching.
Education Library and Curricular Lessons
For those who love the idea of a one-stop-shop for their teaching resources, the Education Library is a dream come true. It offers a plethora of lessons and resources, designed by teachers, for teachers. What’s more, you can save time on planning with ready-to-teach curricular lessons that are fully customizable. This puts the control back in your hands, letting you create lessons that truly resonate with each learner.
Future Skills and Create-Your-Own Lessons
Beyond the core subjects, you can also find Future Skills Lessons on Canva. Subjects like Personal Finance and Social Impact are covered, which are vital for preparing students for the realities of adult life. You can also create your own lessons, starting from scratch, choosing a template, or even uploading your own materials.
Canva’s recent educational offerings are a treasure trove for any educator. It’s the kind of initiative that makes you wish you had more hours in the day to explore all its features. So, give it a whirl and let me know what you think. I’m betting you won’t be disappointed.
Disclaimer: This post is based on my personal opinion and experiences. I am not affiliated with Canva.