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Canva for Education: How to get started as a teacher

Canva for Education for remote learning

Canva for Education makes it easy to create, collaborate, and communicate visually in the classroom and beyond. Canva for Education is 100% free for K-12 (primary and secondary) teachers and their students.

On this page, we’ll explain the basics of Canva for Education and show you how to get started as a teacher.

What is Canva for Education?

Canva for Education is 100% free for K-12 (primary and secondary) teachers and their students, powering creation and collaboration in every classroom.

You and your students can create and personalize your own designs from scratch, or choose from thousands of high-quality, copyright-free educational templates. From presentations to posters, and infographics, to worksheets, project-based learning, and lesson plans, the possibilities are endless.

You can do your best work in Canva, and encourage students to as well. Whether you’re crafting engaging lesson plans and activities or empowering students to tell their own stories, you can edit and create with ease thanks to Canva’s drag-and-drop editor.

Creativity, critical thinking, design, and visual communication are central to preparing our students for the world outside of school. Canva fosters these skills by making it easy to produce and complete group projects, videos, posters and more.

And as a teacher, you can also deliver impactful feedback to reach and motivate students all in one place. Share, review, and give feedback on student work in real-time.

Am I eligible to use Canva for Education?

Here at Canva, we think learning is a gift. That’s why Canva for Education is free for eligible teachers and students, is available all over the world and isn’t restricted to any country. Learn more about our Eligibility Guidelines to see if you qualify.

How to get started with Canva for Education

It’s free and easy to sign up as a teacher.

  1. Open the Canva for Education sign up page.
  2. If you can, sign up for Canva for Education with a verified educational email domain. You can also sign up with your school or district’s Clever, Microsoft, or Google account.
  3. Follow the sign up prompts.
  4. After signing up, select that you are a Teacher.
  5. Click Get verified.
  6. If you signed up with a verified educational email domain, you’ll get access right away – congratulations!
  7. If you don’t have an educational email domain, no problem. Just upload a photo or scanned copy of an approved document, and we’ll review your application within 48 hours.

If you already have a free or Canva Pro account, you can upgrade that to Canva for Education, 100% free.

Canva for Education is also 100% free for eligible school districts, departments of education, and other global school systems. If you’re interested in getting Canva for Education across your whole institution, contact us.

How to set up your Canva class and collaborate with your students

Think of Canva as your own virtual classroom, where you can have conversations about work, help to clarify tasks as you go, leave students to work amongst themselves and submit completed work, as well as provide feedback for assignments, all in the same place.

Here are some helpful instructional videos to help you get started in your Canva classroom.

Top templates to get you started

  • Presentations - make lessons and classroom presentations interactive and engaging
  • Infographics - bring technical subjects to life - such as science processes - and showcase facts and figures
  • Lesson plans - build out a lesson plan or calendar of activities in seconds
  • Student video- Get students to introduce themselves or have older students present their work through video.
  • Group work activities - Foster project-based learning with these templates across a range of topics.
  • Social-emotional learning activities - Support student wellbeing and
  • Storyboards - Empower students to envision and craft the story to a larger project, such as a short film or video project, with storyboards.
  • Reports - Unleash student creativity with thousands of attractive, professionally designed templates for school reports.
  • Storybooks - Use our templates and huge array of entertaining elements to craft and tell a unique story.
  • Parent and school communication - Keep the school community up to date with these eye-catching newsletters. help them manage their emotions.
  • Worksheets - From science, to English and math, you can print or complete our worksheets online.
  • Classroom decor kits - Decorate your in-person or virtual classroom with these high quality, themed kits. From Zoom backgrounds, to posters and more.

Want more guidance?

Canva Design School has a range of free courses to help you get the best out of Canva for Education. Check them out here:

Or get in touch with our team for more assistance.

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