Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content. It is one of my favorite tools as a creator, educator, and learner, and I think you'll love it too.
In this post, I share what I like most about Canva as an educator and how it can be used in education.
Because I've been curating useful tips, tricks, and hacks on my YouTube channel, I have embedded five of my favorite or popular videos as well. So pop some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy.
Why I love Canva Pro
Canva is a freemium tools, which means you can create an account for free and use many features; however, users can upgrade for more tools. The free features on the platform are generous. Free accounts get access to an inventory of templates, graphics, videos, animations, text, and more. However, the $119 annual fee for the premium plan (called Pro) is super affordable and comes fully loaded with the following features, which is why my colleagues, advisees, and I use Canva a few times per day:
FYI: If you teach K-12, you can get a free educator account: Create and Collaborate | Canva for Education.
#1. Cinematic Introduction in Canva
Start your next narrative presentation with a visual cue.
#2. Embed a Google Map
Not only can you embed a map, you can embed a presentation into a webpage, which makes updating information on a webpage you don't control much easier.
#3. Animate Text
Animated Text Emphasis in Canva - Neon Effect #CanvaHack
#4. Match Colors
How to Match Colors in #Canva – Eyedropper. Note: the tool I show in this video no longer functions, so I am now using an app called "Color Picker."
#5. Place Video Inside Text
Very simple, makes cool graphics.
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Of course, I'd love if you share, like, or comments on this post or the videos. However, here I mean to ask you to share with me what you like about Canva or even share one of your favorite creations by leaving a comment below.
Dr. Craig Engstrom is an associate professor of business communication at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and founder/chief consultant of Communication@Work LLC.
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