In this episode, we are taking a deep dive into some AH-mazing (and FREE) resources from Canva for teachers and students.
From planning to student projects, graphic organizers to classroom decorations, and much more!
I’ve been using Canva for many years.
Almost every image that you see on my blog and website, even a lot of my presentations–all created in Canva.
Canva is a must-have tool for teachers this year.
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Back to School with Canva
I don’t want you to miss a thing this school year! If you are a K12 teacher, you need every scrap of time you can get.
Canva is awesome for many reasons, but most of all, it can save you time with the things you create for your classroom.
In this podcast episode and blog post, we are exploring the Canva for Education Back to School Resources. (Bookmark this page. I promise you will want to come back.)
There are thousands of templates in Canva that are amazing teacher time-savers!
If you don’t have a Canva account, it’s free for teachers and students. Create your account here.
Here’s a great playlist of tutorials and tips for using Canva!
Finding Templates in Canva
Canva has thousands of templates, and it can be difficult to find exactly what you need. (I think they could improve the search for educational items.)
Each tab on the Back to School page is a curated set of templates. The Planning templates cover everything from brainstorming, to-do lists, agendas, schedules, syllabi, lesson plans, and more.
The schedules are particularly great for elementary teachers and secondary students who want a handy visual of what their day looks like.
The lesson plans are maybe a little hit or miss. I feel like there are two sides to using lesson plan templates. One, the required lesson plans that some schools require are very specific, and these templates are not. Two, lesson planning is very personal for teachers. However you like to plan, you can customize these templates to fit your needs.
The curated section of communication templates is mostly full of flyers, images for announcements, and newsletters. If you are organizing clubs and after-school activities or sending invites home to parents, the flyers are super useful. But I think the newsletter templates are useful for a wide-variety of classroom teachers, coaches, leaders, and more.
And don’t be misled by the quick screenshot above; there are many different newsletter templates available in Canva. Many are one-pagers with fun formats and colors. Again, all customizable!
I had to zoom out to capture the variety in this section. You can create logos for your class, your school, your organizations, teams, and more. You can also create colorful signs for your classroom.
There are even some banners in this collection that are designed for Google Classroom or Google Forms headers. By the way, you can search for these in Canva and find hundreds of ready-made banners!
Below is a quick tutorial on how to create your own Google Classroom Banner with Canva.
And those last few templates in this curation are super fun desktop backgrounds to organize your apps, folders, etc.
All About Me Activities
Is it just me, or is anyone else tired of the “All About Me” activities? Well, even though that’s the title of this section, it does include ideas for scavenger hunts, personal storybooks, and BINGO games.
Subject Specific Templates
And last but certainly not least, we have some suggestions for subject-specific activities. Keep in mind that this is a small curation of what actually exists in canva. Below is a 7th-grade math template.
Find Your Own Templates!
Be sure to search for your own subject area to find the best resources for your classroom, and check out our other Canva tips and resources for more ideas!
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