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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(opens in a new tab or window) 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, 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(opens in a new tab or window) 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(opens in a new tab or window).
  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(opens in a new tab or window), 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(opens in a new tab or window).

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.

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