Canva and New South Wales Department of Education have signed an agreement to provide free Canva for Education access to every single student, teacher, and staff member in the state. In the article below, we'll give you an in-depth guide to setting up and using Canva for Education as a teacher in NSW Public Schools.
Creativity, design, and visual thinking are central to preparing our students for the world outside of school, and for fostering engagement in the learning that happens in the classroom. Canva fosters creativity, collaboration, and visual communication - all critical future ready skills for students to learn.
Whether you’re working to create and access more visually engaging learning materials for your students, or to provide the tools and opportunities for your students to create and design their own assignments in more flexible and professional ways, Canva for Education is a simple, yet powerful tool to add to your toolbox. Canva for Education is your best bet for encouraging students to do their best work and build creativity in the classroom—whatever that may look like.
Canva for Education is a powerful design tool, allowing you and your students to create visually stunning designs for any subject or age level. You and your students can create your own designs from scratch, or choose from our library of over 60,000 high quality, educational templates. From presentations, posters, and infographics, to worksheets, project-based learning, and lesson plans, the possibilities are endless.
If you already have a free personal Canva account: If you already use Canva with a personal email address you can change your login details to your DET email in Account Settings. Or, simply sign up for a new account to get access. If you choose to change your login details to your DET email you will be upgraded once you log out and log back in again.
If you are using your DET email on Canva: Teachers who already use Canva with their DET email address will be upgraded automatically thanks to the Department of Education.
If you have a Canva Pro account: For teachers who have Canva Pro accounts on their DET email address, you can upgrade if you would like to switch to Canva for Education. To do this, simply email [email protected]
You can think of Canva as your own virtual classroom, where you can have conversations about work, helping 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.
To create a new class:
There are several ways you can share assignments with students through Canva.
Create an assignment in Canva. Publishing your work as an assignment will allow students to make a copy, complete, and send it back to you for review. Students are notified by email.
Students will receive an email notifying them they have an assignment to do. Or their assignment can be found under Shared with you. Here’s what they need to do to complete the assignment.
The students make edits to the design to complete the assignment, then submit it for teacher review by clicking Send to teacher.
You’ll find the assignment under the Classwork tab on the left hand side of your homepage. By clicking it you can review the assignment and leave your feedback for the student.
Share an assignment with Google Classroom. Create activities in Canva and share to your Google Classroom as an assignment.
Once students have completed their work they can turn it in via Google Classroom.
Go to Google Classroom to Turn In
Share an assignment with Microsoft Teams. Create work in Canva and share to your Microsoft Teams as an assignment.
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