1. Canva’s AI in Education Study: Teachers embrace power of AI

Canva’s AI in Education Study: Teachers embrace power of AI

We recently surveyed 1,000 teachers about their feelings toward AI. Our findings show teachers are embracing the power of this technology in the evolving modern classroom.


In the dynamic world of education, the last few years have again taught us change is constant. Traditional classrooms are rapidly evolving thanks to the transformative power of artificial intelligence. We're not just observing this change – as we announced earlier today(opens in a new tab or window), we're actively investing in this space to ensure classrooms around the world have access to the latest, safest and most impactful tools.

To learn more about how teachers are feeling about the rapid rise of artificial intelligence, we recently surveyed 1,000 teachers across the US about how they’re embracing or rejecting this new technology. Today, we’re excited to unveil some of the most interesting insights from this research that shed light on the evolving modern classroom – and the role of AI within it.

Teachers are excited, but aren’t sure where to start

Our research revealed an interesting paradox within the education community: educators are incredibly eager to incorporate AI into their teaching methods, but there’s a significant knowledge gap that stands in the way.

78% of teachers have a keen interest in incorporating AI into their classrooms, so it’s clear they’re genuinely excited about AI’s potential. Educators are looking to supercharge their lessons, foster creativity, and cut down on manual administrative tasks.

However, 93% of educators candidly admit to not knowing where to start with these tools, which tells us teachers are in need of more support to keep up with the fast-paced nature of technology. These findings clearly highlight the strong enthusiasm among teachers to explore the potential of AI in their classrooms, and we need to work together to bridge the knowledge gap and offer educators the support they need to do so.

We’re excited to be launching a range of new AI features(opens in a new tab or window) for both students and teachers which we believe will help close this knowledge gap. Built with simplicity, accessibility and safety in mind, it creates the perfect starting point for teachers looking to explore this new technology and the impact it can have on learning and teaching.

Boosting classroom productivity, creativity, and workloads

Despite a lack of experience with generative AI tools, teachers are rapidly recognizing and appreciating its benefits. This learning represents a broader evolution in education – one that transcends the traditional classroom and embraces the promise of AI as a catalyst for innovation. We’re hugely excited by the fact that the majority of teachers agree AI is transforming their classrooms:

  • 60% of teachers agree AI has sparked innovative ideas to enhance student productivity. This illustrates how AI is reshaping pedagogical methods, encouraging educators to explore new avenues for student engagement.
  • 59% of teachers agree AI fosters creativity in their students. AI is emerging as a game-changing tool for inspiring and nurturing creativity within each learner.
  • 56% of teachers agree AI simplifies their lives by reducing administrative burdens. AI is streamlining tasks, allowing educators to focus on what matters most: educating and mentoring the next generation.

Teachers are also particularly optimistic about the positive impact of AI on students with different learning needs, with 72% of respondents agreeing the technology could help with language learning, and 67% agreeing it could support universal accessibility. AI has the potential to have a profound impact on the way teachers are able to personalize content to meet the needs of individual students, no matter where they are in their learning journey.

The growing role of technology in the classroom

The study also affirmed the increasingly important role of technology in the classroom, with 92% of teachers using apps or services in their teaching, and 78% using those apps at least weekly. When it comes to modern education, technology isn’t just supplementary; it's become an integral part of the teaching toolkit, enabling educators to engage with students in more interactive and meaningful ways.

To gain a deeper understanding of the modern classroom, we looked into some of the ways teachers are already using generative AI. The most common uses were:

  • Creating teaching materials (43%): Nearly half of teachers are harnessing AI to design and develop teaching materials. This goes beyond traditional lesson planning – AI assists in crafting engaging, customized content that resonates with diverse learning styles.
  • Collaborative creativity/co-creation (39%): Educators are using AI as a catalyst for collective creativity, where students actively participate in content creation, problem-solving, and idea generation.
  • Translating text (36%): In today's world, language shouldn't be a barrier to learning. AI is breaking down these language barriers, enabling educators to easily translate and adapt content to cater to a wider, more diverse audience.
  • Brainstorming and generating ideas (35%): Teachers are turning to AI-powered tools to inspire brainstorming sessions and generate innovative ideas that spark curiosity and critical thinking among students.

We also looked into what teachers are most interested in using AI for as the technology continues to evolve:

  • Simplifying language (67%): Teachers are interested in making complex language or concepts more accessible and comprehensible to students.
  • Data visualization (66%): Visualizing data is crucial for enhancing understanding, and AI can play a pivotal role in making complex data more accessible and engaging.
  • Generative art (63%): Educators are interested in exploring how AI can inspire artistic expression and bring their ideas to life visually.
  • Image and video editing (63%): AI's potential to enhance multimedia content creation resonates strongly with educators looking to create more dynamic and interactive learning materials.
  • Summarizing information (62%): AI's ability to distill vast amounts of information into concise summaries aligns with educators' goals of promoting efficient learning.

We recently shared our approach to how we’re integrating AI in the classroom(opens in a new tab or window) with a strong focus on the safety and privacy of our education community. By responsibly integrating this new technology into our platform and guaranteeing free access to Canva for Education, we can create a future where education is tailored to every student's needs, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Unlocking the future

The synergy between teacher excitement and technological empowerment is where the real magic of AI in education lies. We know Canva is likely to be the first interaction teachers have with this technology and we take that responsibility incredibly seriously. Above all, we’re committed to bridging the AI knowledge gap and making AI a safe, accessible, and transformative force in classrooms worldwide. We’re excited to continue investing in this space as we work towards a more dynamic future for education.

Click here(opens in a new tab or window) to learn more about Canva for Education.


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